Global Refugee Youth Consultations

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Seldom consulted, frequently overlooked, and often unable to fully participate in decision making, the talents, energy, and potential of refugee youth—young people aged 15-24 years old—remain largely untapped. Lead by the Women's Refugee Commission and the UNHCR, the Global Refugee Youth Consultations bring together refugee and host country youth to capture the most pressing challenges refugee youth face and their recommendations on how best to address these challenges.

In more than 50 national and sub-national consultations held in 22 countries, participants across regions emphasized that refugee youth want the same things that young people want everywhere: to be consulted, to be listened to, to contribute, to engage, and to be part of solutions. The consultations culminated in Seven Core Actions for Refugee Youth which serves as a roadmap for action for all those engaged in humanitarian response—States, international organizations, international and national civil society organizations, donors, and youth groups.

"I am a refugee, but that's not all I am." Watch as members of the Youth Advisory Council share their stories, perspectives, and ideas for UNHCR's role serving the world’s forcibly displaced.