SAHWA Scientific Conference: Understanding Arab Mediterranean Youth
On the last 16th of May 2016, at the occasion of the Fifth SAHWA Plenary Meeting, the American University in Cairo (AUC) jointly with the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), organised a Scientific Conference entitled “Understanding Arab Mediterranean Youth”. This conference was the occasion for all SAHWA partners to present their papers based on preliminary results from SAHWA Ethnographic Fieldwork and SAHWA Youth Survey.
Dr. Elena Sánchez-Montijano (SAHWA Scientific Coordinator) and Dr. Baghat Korany (AUC Forum) welcomed the participants and introduced the SAHWA Project to the audience. During the first morning session on “Youth opportunities in the Arab Mediterranean countries”, Dr. Asuman Göksel (METU), Dr. Kenneth Roberts (ULIV) and Dr. José Sánchez García (UdL) dealt with important issues such as youth unemployment in the region, school-to-work transitions or the use of free time by young people.
The second session featured Dr. Nadine Sika (AUC, POWER2YOUTH), Dr. Baghat Korany (AUC Forum), Karim Maïche (FYRN) and Dr. Siyka Kovacheva (PLOVDIV). It focused on youth engagement in the Arab Mediterranean countries and its development since the 2011 uprisings in the region.
Session 3 was devoted to analyse the Arab Mediterranean youth in the region through gender perspectives”. Dr. Soukeïna Bouraoui from CAWTAR and Dr. Ghada Barsoum from AUC Forum talked about the women´s school-to-work transition and the role of women during the Arab Spring.
In the last session, Dr. Kamel Boucherf (CREAD), Dr. Elena Sánchez-Montijano (CIDOB) and Dr. Jochen Tholen (BREMEN) tackled migration and mobility in the region. Dr. Sánchez-Montijano addressed transnational relationships and political engagement between Arab youth and migrants, whereas the other two speakers highlighted the socio-economic impact of migration through different perspectives.
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