On August 12, 2013 Rwanda joined the rest of the world celebrating International Youth Day while raising awareness to the youth of the opportunities and risks associated with youth migration.
The presentations on the opportunities and issues that happen while migrating from their usual dwelling areas were made to the youth at universities including Rwanda Tourism University College and Kigali Independent University.
While closing the international Youth day ceremony at Rwanda Tourism University College (RTUC), The Executive Secretary of Rwanda National Youth Council, Alphonse Nkuranga said youth can migrate but thinking of their upper skills acquired by themselves, then bring-up development in the new region.
While addressing to youth migration in Rwanda as resulted from unemployment, Nkuranga warn the Rwandan Youth not to think more about going in the western Countries with insufficient skills but reflect the benefits they can bring to their Country.
Nkuranga added that Rwanda has got the unique rural urban migration where the Youth think that they might gain lives in urban areas, but differently encounter the dissimilarity of their mindset.
The representative of the Ministry of Youth and ICT(MYICT), Emmanuel Ntambara highlighted that through MYICT in partnership with other institutions; Youth got a chance of being directed in their desired path as the Ministry is there for them Youth.
Ntambara stressed on MYICT’s Youth visionary objective that aims at youth premised on a HAPPI generation which in itself is wholly developmental since it is focused on healthy, apt, patriotic, productive and innovative youth.
Richard Mushabe, in charge of National Development Planning & Research in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning revealed that the internal Migration in Rwanda illustrates 38.7 per cent migrants because of employment reasons while 33.1 per cent are caused by family reasons and 10.1 per cent for the lack of land.
Information from the Ministry of Youth and ICT indicate that unemployment is actually quite low among the youth, ranging from 0.7% of 15-17s to 1.6% of those 20-24 years.
The 2013 observance of International Youth Day raises awareness of the opportunities and risks associated with youth migration, share knowledge and information stemming from recent research and analysis on this topic, and engage young people in discussions on their migration experiences.