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Missed by the Boom, Hurt by the Bust: Making Markets Work for Young People in the Middle East Image

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Missed by the Boom, Hurt by the Bust: Making Markets Work for Young People in the Middle East

Missed by the Boom, Hurt by the Bust: Making Markets Work for Young People in the Middle East

Summary

In this report, the Middle East Youth Initiative cautions that a new jobs crisis may damage future prospects for the region's young people. For Middle Eastern economies, the global downturn coincides with a historically high share of 15- to 29-year-olds in the total population. This report shows that, even during the “boom” years of 2002 to 2008, young people in the Middle East did not benefit from high-quality education and struggled to find decent jobs.

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