Gender, Youth, and Migration: Modalities and Trajectories for Development

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal I (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC32 Women in Society (host committee)
RC34 Sociology of Youth

Language: English

Young people under 35 years old are considered the most mobile population around the world. Inspired by their peers and families, they leave their home communities to seek better opportunities for enhancing their education, work, and other reasons. But migration is gendered, and such gendered flows depend on particular histories of countries of origin. For example, the Philippines has significantly higher female youth migration in the care and health service industries worldwide. With a continued oversupply of educated labour in many occupations that cannot be absorbed by its own national economy; displayed resentments in governance seen as oppressive and exploitative; democratization of opportunities ushered in by social media and technology; easing of entry requirements in selected regions – are but a few avenues to entice youth mobility. However, youth migration opens contested discourse in development paradigms. 
With the youth away in hordes, what happens to their own communities? What is the implication of youth migration to local and national development? Who gains, who benefits? In what ways do female/male/LGBTQ youth migration are affected by the intersections of local/national/global forces? This joint session examines the modalities and trajectories of diverse youth migration (female, male, LGBTQ) in the context of development and ascertain what the future holds in a globalizing world.
Session Organizers:
Glenda BONIFACIO, University of Lethbridge, Canada, Mark Anthony ABENIR, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines and Lena NARE, University of Helsinki, Finland
Lena NARE, University of Helsinki, Finland
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