UN World Youth Report


Week 2: E-consultation on challenges and opportunities of migrant youth in destination countries

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Thank you and congratulations to all those who have contributed to the discussions! For those who are joining us for the first time, welcome to the second week of our e-consultation on youth and migration! You have the opportunity to share your ideas and experiences on today an yesterday's questions (Please scroll down to see the questions) . In the last few days we have sought to understand the challenges of young migrants and other youth when they prepare to migrate and their experiences in transit countries.

In this e-consultation we would like to understand the concerns, challenges and successes experienced by young migrants in destination countries.

Your ideas and comments on the questions below will contribute directly to the forthcoming UN World Youth Report 2013. Usually 2-3 questions relating to the issue at hand will be posted each day -between Thursday, 31  January to Wednesday, 6 February 2013 - for this consultation. This e-discussion is moderated by Michael Boampong and our guest moderator, Gavaza Maluleke. Our moderators will be online to keep the discussion active. Please note that in responding to the questions below this page we encourage you to share your personal experiences, especially if you are a young migrant, return migrant or a child/relative of a migrant.


Meet the Moderators:

Michael Boampong, Lead moderator
Michael Boampong has been actively engaged in youth development and migration issues since 2005. He has worked with a range of civil society organizations, youth networks and international agencies such as UNDP and UNICEF in the design and implementation of policy and field oriented initiatives that promote rights based approaches to migration, poverty reduction, social inclusion and justice.


Gavaza Maluleke , Guest moderator

Gavaza Maluleke is currently a PhD candidate in the research training group “Transnational Social Support” at the University of Mainz, Germany. She was awarded a Master’s degree in Development and International Cooperation majoring in Political Science from the University of Jyväskylä. Her research interests are in African studies, Transnational feminism, Migration studies and Postcolonial theory.



The e-consultations is coordinated by the UN Focal Point on Youth and is opened to all young people (15-35 years) interested in migration and development issues.

Please introduce yourself when you post a comment by indicating your Name (first name & initial of last name if preferred), Age, Sex, Country and Youth Organisation (if any).

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Migrant youth in destination countries are as varied in their experiences as they are in their migration patterns.  This is due to the fact that this group is not only made up of young people who have migrated to the destination countries either accompanied or unaccompanied by their parents, it also includes those who are second generation immigrants  and have lived in the destination countries all their lives but are still faced with the immigrant background question.

With these diverse backgrounds, young migrants have myriad experiences. They are faced with questions of where to settle, how to survive and what support structures, if any, are available for them in terms of getting visas, finding jobs, and accessing basic social services (especially if they are irregular migrants). Furthermore, for second generation migrants - including sons and daughters of migrants - questions of belonging and identity are part of their daily life challenges. It is also important to consider the gender dimension when it comes to young migrants as young women's experiences vary in relation to young men‘s.


We are interested in hearing your stories and what you have to say in response to some of the questions below:



Day Question
31 January 2013
  1. Are you a young migrant- either documented or undocumented? In which destination country/community are you based, and what has been your experience so far?
  2. What were the biggest challenges for you when you arrived and how did you deal with them? What was/were the most useful support that you recieved on arrival?
  3. Or are you a second generation migrant? What has been your experience (including challenges) as a young immigrant with your background?
1 February 2013
  1. Did you find that you were sufficiently informed about the destination country that you migrated to? Yes/No. Please explain your answer with your experience.
  2. What challenges and struggles have you been faced with in your every day life? For instance, what has been your positive or challenging experience in finding jobs, settling into school, organizing the immigration paperwork, living in a new cultural environment, communicating with natives,etc. ? Do you think this experience is different for young men and women?
4 February 2013
  1. Growing up as a second generation migrant, what systematic barriers have you dealt with when it comes to civic, education and labour market opportunities?
  2. To what extent are you involved in civic engagement activities of your community? Are there any challenges that hinder your paricipation in social and community activities? Yes/No. Please explain your answer.
5 February 2013
  1. What kind of human rights violations – for instance stereotypes,discrimination and sexual abuse - have you dealt with in your destination country, whether stemming from race, gender, ethnicity, migration status, religion or country of origin? How did you deal with this? What structures, organization, or people were there to support you?
  2. What lessons have you learnt from your experiences as a young migrant abroad? What are some of the useful ideas you would like to share with other young people in your situation or potential young migrants?
6 February 2013
  1. From your own personal experience what are the top three benefits or opportunities that migration has offered for you? Or to what extent does migration empower young people and enhances their opportunity structures and their capabilities capabilities? Please also explain how this could be different for young men and women.
  2. Mention some practical recommendations that you think youth organizations, governments and other stakeholders should focus on in efforts aimed at addressing the migration challenges and opportunities for young migrants in destination countries.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 06:35

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