Today is International Youth Day!

Young people attend the launch of the 2010 International Year of Youth on the theme "Dialogue and Mutual Understanding", inside the General Assembly Hall, at UN Headquarters. International Youth Day is celebrated annually 12 August. 12 August 2010 United Nations, New York12 August every year sees the commemoration of International Youth Day. International Youth Day 2013 will be celebrated under the theme:  ‘Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward.’ Not only will we be encouraging young people across the world to celebrate the Day by focusing on the topic of youth migration but we will be using the Day to launch the 2013 World Youth Report!

Why Youth & Migration?
Youth are recognized as one of the most mobile social groups in the context of migration – they form about 30% of international migrants! Yet very little is known about the livelihood struggles and opportunities that migration presents for young migrants and other youth who are affected by migration. We need to raise awareness about the situation of these young people as well as the role of youth-led organizations in addressing migration issues!

The 2013 World Youth Report (WYR) on Youth Migration and Development will be launched today, on 12 August! The Report will offer a multidimensional perspective of the life experiences of youth migrants, as well as some insights on the role of youth participation in migration-development policymaking and practice.

To learn more about the Report click here:

To watch our Google+ Hangout youth migration video: click here.

The ILO Global Trends in Youth Labour Migration report, which presents findings from research conducted in nine different countries and at the level of two regions on the motivations and experiences of young people who leave their home countries in search of employment and the policy implications from these trends, will also be launched on this day.

What can you do on International Youth Day?
To commemorate the Day, you are encouraged to organize events or activities in your community.  Please share your commemoration with the world! Send in a description of your planned activities to

The most creative activities will be featured on the United Nations website to provide a sense of how International Youth Day is being celebrated around the world!

Below, some ideas about what you can do in you community and how you can effectively spread the message:

Educational radio or TV show Contact popular local/national radio or TV stations to request a slot to have a discussion with distinguished individuals and youth migrants.

Organize a public meeting or debate to discuss the risks and benefits of youth migration and the innovative ways youth can tackle the challenges of migration at the in local, national, and international level.

Organize a Google+ Hangout to bring together young people and relevant stakeholders from all over the world to discuss experiences of youth migration.

Initiate round table discussions among adults and young people to promote intergenerational understanding and partnerships on the issue of youth migration.

Organize a youth forum to exchange ideas and discuss the social, economic and cultural backgrounds of migrants in order to help young people accept others and popularize a culture of non-violence and tolerance.

Organize a concert on youth migration and development to promote International Youth Day. Invite your local musicians and combine it with a panel discussion or invite a politician or policy maker to hold the key note speech.

Create an “info point” about youth migration-related issues in the center of town/village, at high schools, or at university centers.

Organize an exhibition Get permission to use a public space for an arts exhibit, which showcases the challenges of young migrants today or how young migrants including returnees are contributing to development at home and abroad.  Try to involve young people in the domains of culture, arts and music, to raise awareness on youth migration related issues.

Write to your minister of youth to inform him or her about the challenges young migrants, potential youth migrants and other youth face in their daily lives and to suggest solutions.

Make an impact!

What fires you up on youth migration and development?
Why not consider focusing one of the issues below for your activity:

  • How can youth embark on safe migration?
  • What are the dangers of irregular migration?
  • What are the rights of young migrants?
  • What role can youth in the diaspora play in promoting development at home and abroad?
  • What is the status of young women in migration and development?
  •  How can youth promote positive public perceptions on migration and migrants?
  • How does migration affect youth who are left behind by migrant parents?
  • What are the benefits and risks of youth migration?