These findings were revealed through a U-Report poll of more than 26,000 people, including about 9,000 young people aged 14-24 across 119 countries. The poll, conducted between 6 May and 1 June 2021, asked respondents about their aspirations to learn and earn, and the unique barriers they face as a girl or as a refugee, trying to access the labor market with or without legal status.
Some 40 per cent of migrant and displaced youth have identified
education and skills training as their top priorities, while 30 per cent named
employment opportunities, according to a new U- report poll whose results are
announced as the World Youth Skills Day is marked on Thursday.
Approximately 70 per cent of those surveyed also said
limited financial resources prevent them from accessing learning opportunities,
while almost 40 per cent reported a lack of available jobs as their biggest
barrier to earning an income.
These findings were revealed through a U-Report poll of more
than 26,000 people, including about 9,000 young people aged 14-24 across
119 countries. The poll, conducted between 6 May and 1 June 2021, asked
respondents about their aspirations to learn and earn, and the unique barriers
they face as a girl or as a refugee, trying to access the labor market with or
without legal status.
Insights from the
poll along with stories from migrant and displaced youth themselves are
included in the newly released ‘Talent on the Move’ report from UNICEF.
U report polls started by UNICEF are a free SMS social monitoring tool designed to address social issues that people care about which may include health, education and housing among others.
The poll also found that the majority of youth on the move
want to learn professional skills like law, administration, business,
education, followed by languages and tech skills.
Almost 90 per cent reported
feeling that they can contribute their opinions, skills and talents in their
“Children and young people on the move are telling the world
that they have big dreams and aspirations for their lives,” said UNICEF Executive
Director Henrietta Fore in a latest press release shared along with the report.
“Yet many are prevented from securing
opportunities for learning or employment because of their migration status or
lack of financial resources and support systems. It is time for the
international community to help them achieve their dreams and ambitions, and
unlock new openings for them to learn, earn and thrive.”
The report shows how young people represent a unique, yet
largely untapped pool of talent, ideas and entrepreneurship. Despite their
potential to help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, refugee,
migrant and displaced youth are often left without recognized credentials,
social networks, mentors, or peer support, as they move and settle in
Case studies presented in the report demonstrate that with
the right support to develop their skills and transition into gainful
employment, millions of young migrants or refugees have the potential to be
great innovators, job creators and pillars of families and communities around
the world. Their examples are a call to action to acknowledge their talents and
The report highlights the need to invest in and scale up
solutions that provide portable, flexible, personalized, adaptable and
inclusive learning to earning pathways for young people as they move, as well
as meaningful opportunities for young people to create positive social impact
in their communities, networks and homes.
Without concrete commitment,
investment and action, the Global Migration and Refugee Compacts and the
Sustainable Development Agenda will fail to achieve their goals for young people
on the move.
With these findings, UNICEF urges countries to recognize young
refugees as positive assets and build for them more relevant, sustainable and
effective education and work systems.
Currently according to data by the International
Organisation for Migration (IOM), there are currently 281 million international
migrants. One in five is a young person and 36 million are children.
more than 4 out of 10 forcibly displaced persons are younger than 18, with 33
million children living in forced displacement either within their own country
Each day of 2020, an
additional 26,000 children were displaced by climate-induced disasters alone,
according to the data.