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Desperate, Kenyan youth no longer hesitates to leave the country

According to a recent study, 4 out of 10 young people say they are ready to leave Kenya.

Kenyan youth play a major role in Kenya’s landscape. Indeed, they are nearly 10 million to be aged between 15 and 24 years, that is to say 1/5th of the population. However, the gloomy future prospects no longer enchant these young men and women who, desperate, seem to be ready to pack their bags.

A complicated economic climate.

In any case, this is assured by a new report entitled “Next Generation Kenya”. In this report, which examines young people aged 15 to 24, unemployment is at the top of the new generation’s agenda, while addiction and reckless sexual behaviour, both consequences of lack of work also appear at the top of the list.

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With 39% of these young people unemployed the highest rate in East Africa, Kenya seems to be running out of solution. Indeed, those who try to escape, working in particular freelance, often face the harsh reality: not having the capital or infrastructure necessary for development, they give up.

Lastly, the education system seems to have been singled out for lack of the necessary skills to adapt and evolve within the labour market.

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