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Pope Francis wants youth dreams fulfill, unemployment tackled

Pope Francis
Pope Francis

Pope Francis, the Holy Father, in his year-end message urged leaders to do more in tackling youth unemployment, saying a generation was being lost to desperation, migration and joblessness.

At his last public event Sunday, December 25, 2016, in an evening vespers service in St. Peter’s Basilica, 80 old Pope Francis said doors had to be opened to young people, “so that they can be capable of dreaming and fighting for their dreams.”

He said:” Young people have been condemned to have no place in society because they are slowly pushed to the margins of public life, forcing them to migrate or to beg for jobs that no longer exist or fail to promise them a future.”

Youth joblessness in Italy stands at more than 36 percent and tops 18 percent among the 28 European Union states.

In Africa, the continent with the youngest population, youth unemployment probably increased in 2016, and was near 30 per cent in North Africa, according to the International Labor Organization.

Poverty and lack of opportunities in Africa is driving migration particularly to Europe. Almost five-thousand men, women and children died in 2016 attempting to reach Europe through North Africa by boat.

Among the more than 181,000 boat migrants-mostly Africans-who reached Italy in 2016, 25,000 were unaccompanied minors, double the number who came in 2015.


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