Unemployment fuels unrests in North Africa and Middle East

Young protestors

Economic hardships that young people are facing in North Africa and the Middle East are among the factors behind the popular unrests in that region. That’s according to Mounir Rached, a former economist at the International Monetary Fund and Vice-president of the Lebanese Economic Association. Despite recent economic growth, unemployment and underemployment rates in North Africa and the Middle East are among the highest in the world. Young people, who make up much of the population, are the hardest hit. Jacob Fenston asked Mr. Rached to what extent the lack of job prospects has contributed to the recent unrest in the region.

 Duration: 2’40″

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