The Effects Of Social Unrest On The Middle East And North Africa

2071 WordsMay 29, 20159 Pages
The United Nations defines a youth as someone who is between the ages of 14 and 28. An unemployed person is defined as an individual who does not have a job but is actively seeking work. Across the globe, high rates of youth unemployment put the future of the global economy at risk. Young people make up 17% of the global population but also make up 40% of the unemployed. The Middle East and North Africa have the highest youth unemployment rates, where one in four young people are unemployed, which drives social unrest. The reason that this issue is so important to the global stage is because of the effects that social unrest; riots and protests have on individual states. In their most extreme form, these protests can lead to revolutions that can topple entire governments and send nations into chaos. In 2011, unemployment and unrest in the Middle East and North Africa Youth gave way to the Arab Spring, which was months of rioting and protests to remove the governments of several countries, most notably in Egypt and Libya. Unemployment is even higher in some parts of Europe, as more than 50% of young people in Greece and Spain are out of work. The failure of the Greek economy will have even worse effects on a transnational level. The European Union has spent millions in attempts to level out the Greece economy. Despite these efforts, the economy is still failing, which could ultimately lead to the collapse of the value of the Euro and therefore the entire European economy. The
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