UN meeting focuses on youth and migration

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Jean-Pierre Gonnot of DESA. [UN Photo/Ryan Brown]

Although young people comprise a significant portion of the estimated 27 million migrants worldwide, very little is known about them, says Jean-Pierre Gonnot of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

He was speaking on Monday during a UN meeting on youth migration and development, the theme of this year's International Youth Day, celebrated annually on 12 August.

Gonnot says although the economic and social benefits of migration are being researched and debated, there has been limited investigation into the lives and struggles of young migrants.

"While migration of young people often offers valuable opportunities, it can also pose risks and lead to unacceptable situations including exploitation and discrimination, even violence and human trafficking. Irregular and transit migrants are particularly vulnerable to many unfavourable situations as are young women and unaccompanied minors."

Participants at the meeting are also hearing from young migrants from across the globe who are sharing their experiences during a panel discussion.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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