The frequently made argument that ‘youth unemployment causes armed conflict’ lacks nuance, because it fails to reflect both the multiple factors feeding young people’s frustrations and grievances in conflict contexts; and the multiple barriers young people face in entering the job market. It also glosses over the fact that “youth” is a highly heterogeneous group, divided along class, gender, political, and geographic lines. This report calls for more emphasis on country-specific exploration of the links between youth unemployment and other socio-economic and political factors that can contribute to marginalisation and discrimination that engender conflict and violence at a more structural level.
- Author(s):Harini Amarasuriya
- Date:April 2009