NOTE: The Week 1 e-consultation is now CLOSED. It is no longer possible to add new comments. For those of you who have not had time to read all of the comments from the week 1 e-consultation, please click here to download the summary of the discussion.
Thank you and congratulations to all those who have contributed to the discussion so far on the experiences of in the pre-migration process! We are so pleased with the interesting comments that have been shared. We still want to keep this platform very conversational so please keep on commenting and sharing your thoughts with all of us! Today we will discuss how to promote safe migration options among young people and the role of youth organizations in this ( For the questions for today, Monday, 28 January 2013, please scroll down this page).
For those of you who are joining us for the first time, welcome to the first segment of a series of e-discussions on youth migration and development! You still have an opportunity to share your comments on today and last week Friday's questions. In this week's consultation, we are exploring the experiences and perspectives of young people when they plan or are preparing to migrate from their country of origin to another (host/destination country). Your ideas and comments on the questions below will contribute to the forthcoming UN World Youth Report 2013. Usually 2-3 questions relating to “preparing to migrate” will be posted each day -between Wednesday, 23 January to Monday, 28 January 2013 - for the Week 1 consultation. This week’s discussion is moderated by Michael Boampong and our guest moderator, Dyane Epstein. Our moderators will be online to keep the discussion active. Please note that in responding to the questions below 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 Week 1 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.
Dyane Epstein, Guest moderator
Dyane Epstein has over 18 years of work experience in national and international programme development and management, including over 12 years of work experience with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on a variety of migration-related programmes and projects. These have included emergency response, migration and development, assisted voluntary return and reintegration, counter-trafficking, policy development, refugee resettlement, labour migration, migration health, information campaigns, and strategic plan development. She is currently Chief of Mission for IOM Ghana where she has worked since 2009.
According to a UN report, young people represent a major proportion of those migrating annually given that in many cases, the age range 18 to 29 accounts for between 36 per cent and 57 per cent of international migrants who have left their homes and families to pursue dreams of success, start new lives and/or temporarily relocate to study or work. How did they plan their journey? Setting a date, mobilizing funds, identifying a destination country, communicating with family and friends in preferred destination countries, identifying a school or job outside their country of origin and booking travel arrangements are some of the basics involved in traveling abroad. However, migrants, especially youth are at risk of exploitation, physical abuse, psychological stress and barriers to their planned success unless they take the time to make an informed and safe decision about their journey and communicate with family and friends.
Young people who lack information on how to migrate legally are more likely to travel without proper documentation and/or may rely on ‘shady agents’ who could deliberately lead them into situations of forced labour or trafficking under dangerous and deadly conditions such as hunger and physical exhaustion and abuse. It is therefore critical that all migrants, especially youth, are aware of the risks and consequences of irregular migration and their basic rights and obligations as workers or students abroad.
It is also important to consider that many youth do not have time to prepare and are forced into situations of migration or displacement, as is the case in natural disasters or conflict situations, and still others are feeling the consequences of the global recession with a lack of employment opportunities for migrants or inability to have visas renewed, which could force those migrants into more risky employment situations and situations of irregularity.
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|Friday, 25 January 2013||
|Monday, 28 January 2013||