Nationalizing Young People
Child & Youth Services
Young people are on the move, with few roadmaps and fewer clear destinations. They are the majority and often the most powerless amongst people fleeing war, violence, ecological disaster, and economic marginalization. Their movement is paradoxically sensationalized and invisible, critical, and ignored.
Much of the global media is focused on Syrians. The civil war there, along with the less civil war waged by multiple other countries, social movements, and extremist groups, has captured global newsfeeds. Dramatic images of killed children, human lines at European borders, and the chaos of refugee camps in neighbouring countries dominate news stories. Local and national charitable campaigns and also the politics of intolerance and hate propagated by right wing political movements in Western countries in particular compete for top billing in responding to the crisis. ........
We believe that these young people are not victims in need of absorption into our national identities. Quite to the contrary, they are human resource we will require moving forward in a precarious world order. They have the relationships that transcend our divisions based on race, culture, faith, lifestyles and other things.
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Kiaras Gharabaghi & Ben Anderson-Nathe (2016) Nationalizing young people, Child & Youth Services, 37:1, 1-3.