The Status of Young Rural/Urban Migrants with Special Reference to the Informal Sector and the Role of Young People in that Sector

The majority of young rural migrants in the towns of the less developed countries, especially those who have completed primary education or beyond, come looking for the prestigious and relatively well paid jobs in the modern sector. However, as discussed in another section of this report, these modern sector jobs are in short supply and tend to go to those with the greatest amount of formal education. This leaves great numbers of young people unemployed in the urban areas, unwilling to return to their homes in the rural areas, especially if they have relatives living in the towns with whom they can stay.


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