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The Youth Leadership and Innovation Award for Migration

The Youth Leadership and Innovation Award for Migration

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Apply calls for 3rd edition of the Migration Youth Forum and the 1st edition of Youth Leadership and Innovation Award for Migration in January 2021

 Migration Youth Forum

The annual Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) summit is a state-led, informal, and non-binding process which helps shape the global debate on migration and development. Since 2007, the GFMD has gradually evolved from a government-only process into a multi-stakeholder mechanism bringing together national governments, civil society, the private sector, cities, local/regional governments. Recently, the GFMD has opened its doors to youth representatives – first through the GFMD Civil Society Mechanism a few years back, and then in 2019 in a structured way across all mechanisms and spaces.

Youth Leadership and Innovation Award for Migration

In conjunction with the Migration Youth Forum, Youth Forum is launching a new space for young people to present their existing solutions to issues around migration and development: The Youth Leadership and Innovation Award for Migration.


The Award will showcase existing initiatives aiming to empower and improve the living conditions of young people on the move, led by youth at the XIII GFMD and receive support in their ongoing journey, with a two months mentorship program, seed funding for their initiative (TBC) and the chance to participate in the Youth Forum and be part of the GFMD process. Young entrepreneurs, leaders, and youth-led start-ups and organizations are invited to apply.

Funding Scholarships 

The UN MGCY is working hard to raise funds to offer funding support to young participants who are in need to help cover their flights and/or accommodation. It selects scholarships based on merit and need – with special attention to under-represented countries and populations.


If your answer is YES to all of the questions below then you are eligible for this program

  • Are you eligible for the Migration Youth Forum?
  • Are you under 31?
  • Are you passionate about issues around migration and development?
  • Do you have a track record of relevant leadership, research, and/or community impact in this field?
  • Are you leading/part of a youth-led organization or social innovation initiative, making a change for young migrants in your community?
  • Does this initiative have the potential for scaling/replication?

Useful Links 


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline30 September,2020
Open toAll



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