Thoughts on international Migration from the World Youth Conference by Brendan Baines.
The World Youth Conference in León, México is an event set up to engage youth around the world on 13 issues of development (one of which being international migration), with a special emphasis on the Millenium Development Goals. After a successful week involving governments, NGOs and individuals from around the world, it concludes today with a dark cloud hovering above. To the north, 72 international migrants were assasinated by what is currently assumed to be drug cartel Los Zetas.
And herein lies the dichotomy of development – to stay or to go? Slow and incremental success at the community level, or going against the odds to cross the border for individual economic payoff?
Both have their benefits; both are fraught with challenges. One has sights set on the short term, while the other looks beyond. But in the end, if we can create sustainable communities and cities with opportunity and hope for their youth, then there will be no need to run.