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In the midst of conflict, 'Engaging Youth' helps Palestine refugee youth realize their potential
Four years of conflict have decimated the Syrian national economy, which has contracted by US$ 202.6 billion since 2011. This year, unemployment is predicted to rise to over 60 per cent, with youth joblessness soaring to over 70 per cent. Battered by displacement, impoverishment and insecurity, young people are also losing traditional pathways into the workforce as infrastructure and industry collapse.
The UNRWA Engaging Youth project, generously funded by the EU, helps Palestine refugee youth aged between 18 and 33 develop vocational skills to increase their employability in this new and uncertain market. Increasingly, this means developing a capacity for entrepreneurship and encouraging young people to seek out opportunities for innovation and self-employment. Since 2011, thousands of Palestine refugee youth have completed courses in diverse subjects including plumbing, electrics, graphic design, hairdressing and information technology.
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