Google+ Hangout

International Youth Day 2013

"Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward"

In today’s increasingly globalized and interconnected world in which more people migrate than ever before in human history, young migrants between 15 and 24 years old have become powerful agents of change and development. By mid-2010, the total number of migrant youth was estimated at 27 million, constituting one-eighth of the 214 million international migrants in the world today.[1]

As the global lead intergovernmental organization on migration, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. Through more than 470 field locations worldwide, IOM’s projects touch upon every aspect of the migration cycle and affect people from all ages, including youth. IOM recognizes the link between migration and economic, social, and cultural development and believes youth are powerful agents of change with an enormous development potential.

On the occasion of International Youth Day 2013, and in particular its theme of ‘Youth Migration and Development’, IOM will organize a Google+ Hangout on 12 August. The aim is to exchange views on this topic, to present the main opportunities and challenges for young migrants in different regions, and to provide a global audience with the opportunity to interact with IOM experts from all parts of the world.

Date: 12 August 2013 
Time:   9.00 am EST – 10.30 am EST / 3.00 pm CET – 4.30 pm CET    
Language: English

List of Speakers:

Moderator Evelien Borgman, Special Liaison Office, New York
Introduction Federico Soda, Headquarters, Geneva
Representing Africa Jo Rispoli, Regional Office Pretoria
Representing Asia Ricardo Casco, IOM Philippines
Representing Europe Marina Manke, Regional Office Vienna
Representing LAC Kathleen Kerr, IOM Colombia

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[1] United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2011).Trends in International Migrant Stock: Migrants by Age and Sex (United Nations database, POP/DB/MIG/Stock/Rev.2011)