To solicit youth perspectives on migration, the United Nations Focal Point on Youth is organizing a 5 week (from 23 January – 6 March 2013) consultative process with young migrants and other young people affected by migration. Interactive consultations, via online platforms, surveys, social media, and direct outreach to young migrants via email and through organizations working on youth migration issues will be harnessed to ensure that the consultation reaches relevant young people. These consultations will commence on the 23rd January 2013.
The key issues to be discussed during the weekly e-consultations (from 23 January – 6 March 2013) include:
- Week 1: The experiences of youth when they plan migrate from their country of origin to another
- Week 2: Young migrants’ experiences in transit countries
- Week 3: The challenges and opportunities that migration presents to youth when they arrive in destination countries and when they choose to return home.
- Week 4: Social and economic impacts of migration on youth-led behind in countries of origin by their migrant parents
- Week 5: Youth Employment and Labour Migration
The various questions that will be discussed will enable young people contribute their personal stories and perspectives on how migration affects them.
Each week we will invite a guest moderator to drive the discussion with a lead moderator. He/She kicks of the discussion each day with a new question linked to the week’s theme. Once the question is posted, you are free to join in, tell us what you think, talk to each other, and tell us what really matters. We don't just want your answers; we want to get you interacting and promote a real discussion on the issue at hand.
How to participate in the e-consultation
- Regularly visit the weekly discussions page during the 4 week e-consultation period from 23 January – 24 February 2013. To visit the relevant discussion page, please follow these easy steps:
- Log on to : www.unworldyouthreport.org and click on the “HAVE YOUR SAY IN 2013” menu
- Follow the “Join the e-consultation” menu and click on the relevant week’s discussion (for example Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5)
- Read the background information to understand the context of the issue and respond to questions that will be posted daily. Each day of the week the United Nations Focal Point on Youth shall post 2-3 questions which we will encourage you to share your perspectives on issue being discussed.
- To share your comments, you can log in with your Facebook, Twitter or Gmail account. Alternatively you can sign up with your email account either Yahoo or others via Disqus.
- After the above steps you are now set to type and send us your comments or responses.
- Since we want to capture the voices of youth, we encourage you to share your personal experiences in responding to the questions for the week, especially if you are a young migrant, return migrant or a child/relative of a migrant.
- Whenever you post a comment please add your Name (first name & initial of last name if preferred), Age, Sex, Country and Youth Organization (if any).
- We welcome comments in Spanish and French. We have installed a Google translator on this website for participants who would like to translate information on this website (see above).
4-5 young people who demonstrate active participation in the e-consultations will be invited to participate in a Google+ Hangout with expert panelists. So get ready to be as active!