UN launches online consultation for young migrants

The UN’s Youth division has run a four-week online consultation to engage with young international migrants. The results will be fed into the UN’s 2013 Youth Report

Launched in January, the project used interactive tools such as topically driven comment boards and online surveys to question migrants aged 15 to 35.

The e-consultation, based around weekly themes, covered questions ranging from migrant experiences in transit countries to the challenges and opportunities they face when arriving abroad or on returning home.

Using the consultation’s results, the UN aims to shed light on the life experiences of migratory issues, youth migration and young migrants, defined by the UN as someone who has spent a year residing outside of their country of origin.

In 2010 it was estimated that there were approximately 214 million international migrants, with those aged 15 to 24 accounting for 27 million.

A UN report found that migrants between the ages of 15 to 29 are the most mobile of any migrant age group, accounting for between 36 to 57% of all international migration.

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