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ILO calls for youth integration in Latin America

English.news.cn   2014-02-18 10:04:42

LIMA, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Latin American governments should adopt policies to encourage social integration of young people, Regional Director of the International Labor Organization (ILO) for Latin America and the Caribbean Elizabeth Tinoco said here Monday.

Unemployment and lack of education are two negative factors facing the Latin American youth, which will endanger social stability, Tinoco said in an interview with Xinhua.

She said that the socioeconomic disparities in Latin American societies prevent a full integration of the new workforce into the labor market.

The youth has expressed their dissatisfaction, not only for few job opportunities, but also a lack of social integration, Tinoco said.

Protests, a feeling of being marginalized and youth crimes show that something is not working well in some countries in the region, she pointed out.

"The youth is demanding full space in society for their rights, especially participation spaces at all levels," added Tinoco.

The ILO official praised the policies applied by Brazil to encourage social integration of young people, as those policies linked social and economic issues with other issues.

Brazil has achieved more successes compared with other countries in the region in terms of young people's social integration, she said.

The youth integration programs implemented in Brazil are efficient because they are integral programs to link different policies, the ILO official said

"The policies have been articulated. They have a more integral view because these policies are applied to resolve a specific problem, and they are related to other initiatives," she said.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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