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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Migration and Youth: Overcoming Health Challenges

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ORGANIZATION IOM, UNFPA, the MacArthur Foundation, UNICEF and WHO
TYPE Meeting Notes
DATE 2011
TOPIC Migration

Increasingly, debates on migration and development are taking into account that the lack of social protection impacts specific categories of migrants in different ways. This is particularly true of youth, defined as the age group 15‐24. The programme and policy actions taken at the international and national levels do not always reflect the needs and problems migrant youth confront. With this in mind, the Guanajuato Declaration, the final outcome of the 2010 World Youth Conference, recognized that young people are fundamental stakeholders in the achievement of millennium development goals (MDGs) set by the international community, which identified in health and international migration two key priorities for actions. With over 26 million young migrants worldwide, this group can play a fundamental development role in countries of origin and destination. Nevertheless, their wellbeing can be compromised by lower health standards compared to local populations. Despite the progress made in recent years, young migrants remain vulnerable to a vast array of health risks including reproductive health‐related issues, sexually transmitted diseases and substance abuse. These issues are often linked to a lack of social integration, poverty, unsafe and unsanitary living environments and limited access to health care services.

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