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World Bank 2011 International Essay Competition on Youth Migration

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The World Bank International Essay Competition 2011 would like to hear your views on the opportunities, challenges and implications of youth migration.

If you're not sure you have much to say about migration, think again! 

Nearly all young people are affected by migration in some way. Some are migrants themselves or are considering migrating abroad or within their home country. Others experience migration through the departure of friends or family members, and still others, in receiving countries, encounter the political debate on immigration and integration policies in their country and may experience cohabitation with new immigrants. Young people are major stakeholders in migration and yet youth are largely absent in the debate on international migration policies and the effects of migration on development.

Improvements in transportation, technology development and increased international trade, as well as issues such as unemployment, war, health and economic hardship have prompted more young people to migrate within and across national borders in search of work, education and a better quality of life. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that young people between 15 and 30 years of age account for about one-third of all migrants. 

The competition welcomes students and non students alike, between the ages of 18 to 25 to submit an essay or video on the impact of migration (internal or international, from a sending or receiving country perspective) on youth. Cash prizes will be awarded for selected winners at the ABCDE conference  in May in Paris, France. Deadline for submissions: March 17, 2011. All information can be found on the essay competition website:


Submitted by Michael Boampong on
Hi Friends, For sometime now YPWC (see: ) has been one of the champions in the advocacy of focus on youth migration and i am glad that as a young person like me i am seeing some results from the advocacy we do ourselves through this groundbreaking essay competition which i am sure will reveal much insight from a youth perspective on how migration affect young people, communities and the world at large and also further enhance youth participation in migration debates. Here are some links to some resources that young people might want to refer to get some insights: Hope this helps you. Kind Regards, Michael Boampong, Young People We Care (YPWC) | Founder & Principal Advisor Cell:+46-0737613190, +46-0764373756 Skype:mikenice22002 Young People We Care (YPWC) is a registered youth-led and youth-focused, non-profit organization that is headquartered in Ghana. The organization is operated by young people (ages 15–30) and adult allies working on youth and development related issues worldwide. At YPWC, we are passionate about sustainable development, the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and the promotion of a culture of peace and universal human rights for all. Visit us at: