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International Youth Day 2013

12 August 2013
Public Services International (PSI) joins in celebrating the International Youth Day 2013, "Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward".

On 12th August 2013 PSI co-organizes a Youth event in Togo on Quality Public Services for Young Workers and in Guatemala City, PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli will address young workers at the start of the PSI Solidarity Mission to Guatemala. Impunity and severe trade union rights violations that have occurred there in the last decades have deeply effect young workers and labour migration from the country. The PSI Youth Network of the Asia-Pacific region launched a social media event, publishing the personal migration stories of young trade unionists. More events will be reported on in the coming days!

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.

Migration is an issue that affects us all. It cuts across many realities either at work or in the community. PSI works with trade unions worldwide to protect migrant workers. PSI also works to improve wages and working conditions – to reduce the economic pressure to migrate and to improve the quality of health and social services.

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.

Read the full statement here.

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