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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.
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:
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