Date: 18 December 2009
Venue: United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room A
Coordinator: Sarah Rosengaertner
Celebrating International Migrants Day, this panel aims to raise awareness about the migration experiences of young people (defined as the age group from 9 to 25), the need to protect their human rights, and the opportunities that they create for themselves and the countries to which they contribute.
The panel will discuss young people’s experiences as migrants and as family members affected by migration. It will look at their strategies to adapt to new cultural and societal environments and discuss how countries of destination can facilitate youth integration and support the upward mobility of the second generation of immigrants.
Among the panellists will be the winners of the PLURAL+ youth video festival, an initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other international partners. Recognizing youth as agents of social change, PLURAL+ invited young people to submit short videos on their thoughts, experiences, opinions, questions and suggestions on how to address key issues in their communities related to migrant integration, inclusiveness, and identity in order to promote harmonious yet diverse societies.
Working language: English
Information note on the panel (pdf)