Theme “African youth and migration”.
Africa is the world’s youngest continent with the largest population under 18. African youth holds a lot of potential, but is also faced with many challenges. Where people suffer from unemployment, poor living conditions, famines and armed conflicts, they seek a better future – the central question being, how and where to find it.
According to UNHCR Sub-Sahara Africa hosts more than 26 per cent of the world’s refugee population. The vast majority of African refugees and migrants stay in Africa, those trying to go to Europe often risk their lives and are increasingly perceived as threat in the receiving countries.
As Africa and Europe are connected through a joint past, solutions should be developed together. This NOW conference aims at raising awareness for the cause of African youth, migrants and refugees bringing together experts from more than ten African and European countries, representatives of the European Union, local and international politicians, researchers and NGOs, refugees and returnees, to jointly work on this topic, discuss approaches and define proposals and recommendations.
ECDPM’s Noemi Cascone sat on the following panels: “Migration and forced migration from European and African perspectives”, and “Approaches of receiving countries.”