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Individuals migrating across borders are more likely to be young; under 25. The driving force behind migration for the youth is poverty; they leave their homes to escape poverty in search of better opportunities to improve their lives. Africa has the world’s most youthful population. This is a resource that must be utilised fully and freedom of movement across African borders is a way in which countries can use this resource to their economic advantage. Young migrants, with their youthful vitality, once across borders, have the potential to benefit their host country, but only if policies that will seek to provide education and training for uneducated young migrants and transfer of skills policies that will enable skilled young migrants to work, are developed and implemented.

 

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