Reports on Children and Youth

"We Believe in Youth" GRYC Final Report

UNHCR, the WRC, and partners undertook the first-ever Global Refugee Youth Consultations (GRYC) to amplify youth voices in decisions that affect them and their communities. The GRYC included 1,267 young people who participated in 56 national or sub-national consultations held in 22 countries between October 2015 and June 2016. The final report, We Believe in Youth, outlines 10 challenges identified by refugee youth, Seven Core Actions for Refugee Youth, and recommendations for the full range of actors engaged in humanitarian response.



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. 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. 

We Believe in Youth details the most pressing challenges refugee youth face and their recommendations on how best to address these challenges. The report is a road map for action for all those engaged in humanitarian response—States, international organizations, international and national civil society organizations, donors, and youth groups.

Ten Challenges Identified by GRYC participants

  • Difficulties with legal recognition and obtaining personal documents
  • Difficulty in accessing quality learning, education, and skills-building opportunities
  • Discrimination, racism, xenophobia, and "culture clash"
  • Few youth employment and livelihood opportunities
  • Gender inequality, discrimination, exploitation, and violence, including for LGBTI youth
  • Poor access to youth-sensitive healthcare, including psychosocial support
  • Lack of safety, security, and freedom of movement
  • Challenges for unaccompanied youth
  • Lack of opportunities to participate, be engaged, or access decision makers
  • Lack of information about asylum, refugee rights, and available services


Seven Core Actions for Refugee Youth

  • Core Action 1: Empower Refugee Youth through meaningful engagement
  • Core Action 2: Recognize, utilise, and develop Refugee Youth capacities and skills
  • Core Action 3: Ensure Refugee Youth-focused protection
  • Core Action 4: Support Refugee Youth physical and emotional wellbeing
  • Core Action 5: Facilitate Refugee Youth networking and information sharing
  • Core Action 6: Reinforce Refugee Youth as connectors and peace builders
  • Core Action 7: Generate data and evidence of Refugee Youth to promote accountability to youth

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  • Modified: Thursday, December 08, 2016
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