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Stemming the tide of youth migration

According to official estimates, global youth migration is on the rise. And while it’s impossible to pinpoint exact numbers, one thing is certain—thousands of marginalized young people leave their countries in search of work and better opportunities abroad … every single day.

You may already have read about Seny, who endured a treacherous journey from Senegal to Italy—where he arrived with no contacts, no possessions, nowhere to live, and no way to communicate. Fortunately, he discovered much needed support at the Salesian Aidone House in Lampedusa. With that support, he was able to return home.

In a process known as “circular migration,” Seny partnered with Salesian missionaries to learn new skills that he brought back to his home country in Senegal. Today, he uses those skills to develop agricultural projects that provide sustainable job opportunities for youth who otherwise would be at risk of migration themselves.

This is exactly the kind of long-term, lasting intervention our missionaries strive to achieve.

While we may never fully prevent employment migration, we can certainly reduce it by addressing its root causes in locally relevant, sustainable ways. Your gift today means that we can expand these efforts around the world.

Thanks in advance for whatever you can give. Together, we can support youth right where they are—with education, training and workforce development programs that meet community needs and open new doors.

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Young adults desperate to escape extreme poverty often venture on dangerous journeys and endure unimaginable hardships in search of better opportunities and brighter futures in foreign lands. In a process known as “circular migration,” our missionaries provide the training and support for these youth to gain valuable skills and education so they can return to their home countries and share their newly acquired knowledge.
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We hope and pray that you support our life-saving work. Your gifts will be used for this program and other similar Salesian programs around the globe that benefit poor and needy youth. Please join us to help make the world a better place.