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The European youth unemployment rate is currently at 23.1%  while the rate in the U.S is  16.2% . While most unemployed people spend their time writing applications and handing out resumes, a new phenomenon is emerging; funemployment.

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Every year, 16 million mothers aged 15-19 give birth, representing 11 percent of births worldwide. Another two million girls under the age of 15 give birth every year. This means, that one in five girls worldwide has given birth by the age of 18. Almost all, 95 percent, of these births take place in low- or middle income countries and pregnancies are more likely to occur among poor, less educated, rural populations.

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Many young professionals start their international careers as exchange students. An exchange year can give youth the first thrills of spending a longer amount of time abroad. This is exactly what happened to Anna Kjær Voss, when she travelled to Iceland for 5 months of studying.

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Today, Monday 12th August, we are celebrating International Youth Day and also the launch of Internal Voice’s new theme: Youth. An interesting and topical theme which we are sure will attract a set of fascinating contributions from interns in Brussels.

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The United Nations has declared the 12th of August International Youth Day. This year’s theme for the International Youth Day is “Youth Migration- moving development forward”. To mark the day, Internal Voices met up with United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, to discuss issues related to young people of the world.

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