Monday 28 August 2023

FUNDED: Apply for this 4th Migration Youth Forum and Youth Leadership & Innovation Award for Migration


In these challenging times, it is important for young people to be engaged and involved in global migration governance. 

This year, youth will join governments, mayors, business leaders, and civil society stakeholders at the GFMD to discuss migration policy priorities and actions. The Migration Youth and Children Platform (MYCP) and IOM – UN Migration are organizing the 4th Migration Youth Forum as a preparatory space for the 14th GFMD Summit. The forum aims to ensure a strong and impactful youth presence at the Summit by exchanging priorities, recommendations, solutions, and best practices.
The Migration Youth Forum is a platform that prepares young people before their participation in the GFMD Summit to deliver a strong, inspirational and substantive youth presence at the 14th GFMD Summit. 
The Youth Forum will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, and online on January 21, 2024, Online capacity-building workshops will be held throughout January to prepare young participants for the GFMD Summit, offering peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities.

The Youth Forum welcomes young people, including migrants, refugees, civil society representatives, researchers, entrepreneurs, decision-makers, professionals, volunteers, activists, and leaders under 31 years old who are committed to working with migrants. Diversity is a priority in terms of gender, age, background, culture, ethnicity, and geography.

 Applications from exceptional youth leaders are sought to attend the 4th Migration Youth Forum and the XIV GFMD Summit. Therefore, preference will be given to applicants with migrant, diaspora, or refugee status, and those experienced in engaging with migration and refugee issues.

Scholarships will be provided for a limited number of in-person participants to cover their trip to Geneva and stay during the Forum and the Summit.  Also, support will be given to candidates in raising funds for participation. Alternatively, self-funded or online participation options are available.

The 2nd Youth Leadership and Innovation Award for Migration will be hosted in conjunction with the Migration Youth Forum. It is a platform to highlight and recognize existing initiatives improving the lives of young people on the move.  The finalists will receive mentorship, seed funding, and participation in the Youth Forum and GFMD process. Young entrepreneurs and leaders are encouraged to apply.


Age Range: Be between 18 and 30 years old (inclusive) at the time of participation at the Youth Forum and the GFMD Summit.

Country: Youth from all countries are eligible to apply.

Thematic expertise: Youth Forum participants must have a track record of relevant leadership, research and/or community impact in the area of migration and development. Preference will be given to youth with lived experience of migration (migrants, IDPs, diaspora, refugees, asylum seekers etc.).

Language: In order to meaningfully participate in all discussions and capacity-building workshops, in-person participants should have at least an intermediate level of English (CEFR B2 level). Online participants should be conversant in either English, Spanish, French, and/or Arabic.

Commitment: Be able to fully commit to actively participate during the Youth Forum and/or GFMD Summit, as well as in any preparatory and post-event activities.

Application Process: Duly fill out the online application form and submit it before the deadline (September 15, 23:59 CET)

(For in-person attendees only) Ability to Travel: Be in a position to travel to the host country (Geneva, Switzerland). This includes having a valid passport, necessary travel documents, and possibly obtaining a visa if required. (Please note: MYCP will be supporting selected applicants in obtaining visas such as through providing them with official invitation letters, accommodation assistance, etc. but MYCP is not able to guarantee the issuance of visas to any applicant)

 Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to become part of the 4th Migration Youth Forum and Youth Leadership & Innovation Award for Migration!

 Apply now and embark on an unforgettable adventure of impact and growth.

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