Event: Youth Unemployment As a Root Cause of Migration?

Publicatiedatum: 14/03/2019

Civic Engagement Alliance invites you to our conference ‘Youth unemployment as a root cause for migration?’ on Thursday 18 April 2019.

Mitigating the root causes of migration dominates the current Dutch development policy. Minister Kaag responds with this policy to the principles stated within the government agreement, based on the assumption that youth employment and education in low income countries will prevent youth from moving to Europe. Proof to support this assumption is questionable. Some sources even indicate the opposite, namely that with improved socio-economic conditions youth are more likely to migrate. The ‘root causes of migration’ are moreover complex, diverse and subject to heated debates and the causal relation between local development and migration is questioned.

Youth employment might even increase youth migration, as better job prospects and higher salaries enable youth to search for a better future elsewhere. The conference ‘Youth unemployment as a root cause for migration?’ will focus on migration of African youth to the European continent. We will take a closer look at one of the identified root causes of migration in the Dutch development policy, namely the lack of socio-economic opportunities and more specifically youth unemployment. We’d like to hear your voice in this debate!

Event details

Topic: 'Youth unemployment as a root cause for migration?'
Date: Thursday 18 April 2019
Location: Museum COMM, Zeestraat 82, The Hague
Time: 09.00 - 13.30 hrs (including Lunch)

Together with our host Frénk van der Linden, we will discuss the assumption that youth unemployment is one of the root causes for migration, in a well-known ‘Lagerhuis’ setup, with the room being divided into two groups debating statements.


09.00 – 09.30 Reception
09.30 – 10.45 Plenary session

  • Hosted by Frénk van der Linde
  • Keynote Jan Rinzema, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Keynote Lothar Smith, Human Geography, Institute for Management Research, Radboud University
  • Debate
    10.45 - 11.15 Coffee break
    11.15 - 12.30 Plenary session
  • Hosted by Frénk van der Linde
  • Pitch Speaker Agnes Dinkelman, Director social enterprise Stillare
  • Pitch Speaker David Momanyi, Director African Youth Trust
  • Debate
  • Reflection by Jan Rinzema, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    12.30 - 13.30 Networking lunch & Possibility to visit COMM Museum


Please click here to register for the event.https://bit.ly/2CuS3NB
As this event is open to public, do not hesitate to share this invitation with your colleagues or other relations you think might be interested.

On behalf of the Civic Engagement Alliance


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