2013 International Youth Day

Youth Migration, Moving Development Forward

© Clare Mackenzie
Young people make up a significant share of the global number of international migrants. In 2010, there were an estimated 27 million international young migrants. While migration can often offer valuable opportunities and contribute to the development of communities and society at large, it can also pose risks and lead to unacceptable situations, including discrimination and exploitation.

The 2013 observance of International Youth Day aims to raise awareness of the opportunities and risks associated with youth migration, share knowledge and information stemming from recent research and analysis on this topic, and engage young people in discussions on their migration experiences.

Voices of youth

  1. 2013 Youth Labour Migration Video Contest Winner

    Ayúdalos a llegar – Help them get there

  2. 2012 ILO Decent Work for Youth Video Contest Finalist

    Dreams and sacrifices of a young migrant worker


  1. © Maryann Bylander


    Why do young people migrate?

  2. Video report from Portugal

    Educated youth migrate for a brighter future

    In Portugal, nearly 2 in 5 young people are unemployed. Now, many of Portugal's best and brightest are leaving their country, looking for opportunities abroad.

  3. Brochure

    Reaping the benefits and minimizing the risks of youth labour migration