Panel on the Occasion of International Migrants Day, UNITAR, New York

"Migration through the eyes of young people"


Fri, 12/18/2009


United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room A


Celebrating International Migrants Day, this panel aims to raise awareness about the migration experiences of young people (defined as the age group from 9 to 25), the need to protect their human rights, and the opportunities that they create for themselves and the countries to which they contribute.

The panel will discuss young people’s experiences as migrants and as family members affected by migration. It will look at their strategies to adapt to new cultural and societal environments and discuss how countries of destination can facilitate youth integration and support the upward mobility of the second generation of immigrants.

Among the panellists will be the winners of the PLURAL+ youth video festival, an initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other international partners. Recognizing youth as agents of social change, PLURAL+ invited young people to submit short videos on their thoughts, experiences, opinions, questions and suggestions on how to address key issues in their communities related to migrant integration, inclusiveness, and identity in order to promote harmonious yet diverse societies.

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Additional Information:

Information note on the panel (pdf)

Draft agenda (pdf)

Working language: English

Contact: Sarah Rosengaertner

Part of the Migration and Development Series this year organized by IOM, UNITAR and UNFPA at UN Headquarters in New York. More information online here: