In Africa, the number of youth is growing rapidly. In 2015, 226 million youth aged 15-24 lived
in Africa, accounting for 19 percent of the global youth population. By 2030, it is projected that
the number of youth in Africa will have increased by 42 percent. Africa's youth population is
expected to continue to grow throughout the remainder of the 21st century, more than doubling
from current levels by 2055.

Youth can be a positive force for development when provided with the knowledge and
opportunities they need to thrive. In particular, young people should acquire the education and
skills needed to contribute to a productive economy, and they need access to a job market that
can absorb them into its labor force. Among the greatest challenges facing many countries today
are the inadequate human capital investment and high unemployment rates among youth.

Recognising the need for capacity building on migration governance including gender-
responsive, protection-sensitive, and human rights-based practices, in accordance with
international legal obligations and national law, empowering the network of youth organizations,
NGOs, associations, etc will help to optimize information and experience exchange, facilitate
awareness creation for the public and strengthen the influence in the lobbying regarding policy
development and/or implementation on return migrants reintegration(lower tax incentive,
infrastructure, basic right of return migrants, etc).

Through this forum which is taking place in Nigeria from 28 th to 01 st March 2019, youth will
advocate on youth empowerment through the ECOWAS platform. Some youth organisations and
NGOs working on migration will be participating in this forum. There will be reflection on the
context of migration within the region. Youth will be involved in the implementation and the
decision making. Youth will be part of the process and solutions.

International Movement of Catholic Students, (IMCS Pax Romana) is this year 94 years old. It is
a Movement for tertiary students (in universities, Polytechnics, and colleges) whose mission is to
ensure that the academic growth and development of students goes hand in hand with their
spiritual development, in the light of the real-life situation they encounter and in the process,
develop leaders along Christian Principles. IMCS is guided by the Motto: Preferential Option for
the poor.

In Africa, the movement was established in 1956 but it is only after 1978 that the movement got
a permanent Secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya. Since then, the movement has successfully spread its
wings and is now present in 35 countries and recognized by the Episcopal Conferences of 25
countries in which we have affiliated active members. The movement is divided into 04 sub-
regions namely West Africa, South Africa, East Africa and Central Africa which caters to the
Indian Ocean movements.

Over the years, the movement has been guided by different thematic issues that are set by the
highest decision making body of the movement, the Pan African Assembly (PAA) that is held
once every 4 years. Some of the key areas of focus have been, Good Governance and leadership,
Human rights, Gender and Women Empowerment, HIV/ AIDS, Adult literacy, Social Justice,
Climate Change and sustainable ecology, Inter-religious and Intercultural Dialogue, Peace
building, Spiritual formation of members, Integral Human Development, MDGs among many
others.