International Youth Day

12 August 2013

Global

The theme of International Youth Day 2013 is "Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward".

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 will 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.