SAHWA Policy Paper nº. 7
For decades, unemployment rates among youth have been rising in the Arab region, and the gap in educational levels and unemployment rates between young men and young women has been widening. The exclusion of young people, youth unemployment and the depletion of human and social capital have had a major impact and come at a high cost, demonstrated by high level of youth unemployment and school dropout rates, amongst others. Furthermore, globalization and the opening markets and economies in the region have failed to create anticipated employment opportunities for young people.