How does migration affect you?
You would be hard pressed to find a Caribbean person who doesn’t have family or friends who have migrated to another country or who hasn’t migrated themselves. So when we got word about this year’s United Nations (UN) World Youth Report (WYR) on Youth Migration and Development we chose to spread the word. There is a unique way for YOU to be involved! Keep reading to find out about this fresh opportunity to do small creative project that will actually make a big impact. This is also a great idea for teachers to consider sharing with their students. Comment & let us what you think and also tell us if you participate!
The World Youth Report seeks to offer a multidimensional account and/or perspective of the life experiences of young migrants and young people affected by migration. To learn more about it click here.
According to a UN report, young people represent a major proportion of those migrating annually given that in many cases, the age range 18 to 29 accounts for between 36 per cent and 57 per cent of international migrants.
The Report aims to highlight some of the concerns, challenges and successes experienced by young migrants and other young people affected by migration (i.e. including sons and daughters of migrants (second generation), young people left behind by migrant parents in countries of origin, return migrants,etc.), from their own perspectives, based on their own experience, and in their own voice.
The survey is closed BUT the UN is inviting young people to contribute paintings, animations and photographs to the Report!
Submissions should highlight:
- The positive and negative impacts of international or internal migration, in a sending or a receiving country and how his has affected your family, your community, or, your country.
- You can address these through: a social and economic perspective (for instance, increased opportunities for young people, brain gain and remittances versus mass youth migration, brain drain and undocumented migration).
- What young people and youth organizations are doing to address the negative impacts of migration and also to enhance the benefits of youth migration in their communities or countries.
Send us your media contents to email@example.com no later than 10 March 2013.
Photos submitted by participants should capture youth in migration or youth-left behind by migrant parents (in different places and under various conditions) in a creative and original manner. Young photographers are invited to focus specifically on migrant conditions, gender issues, discrimination, irregular migration processes, migration to cities, poverty and its linkages with migration, among other issues. You can also send us photos that illustrate young people taking action on migration and development issues. Please email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: UN World Youth Report – Photos.
Illustrated Front Cover
This is a challenge for a great young artist or illustrator: we are looking for a really striking image that reflects the theme of youth migration; use your imagination to create an image that will make others understand how young people are affected by migration and why migration is an issue of concern for young people. Please email your submissions to email@example.com with the subject line: UN World Youth Report – Illustrated Front Cover