Sénégal: strategies to integrate youth into the labor market.
Youth unemployment is a major quandary for Senegal; it inhibits the nation’s economic well-being and is certainly an issue for upcoming elections in 2012. Recently, the extension of the retirement age coupled with a public sector hiring freeze has made it even more difficult to find jobs. Older employees remain in the labor market while opportunities for job creation are limited. In response, young people have turned to the informal sector to survive. This is evident in the capital where more than 43.9 percent of workers from age 15–24 work in the informal sector. Others resort to illegal migration, typically to Europe, that regularly results in death at sea or deportation. Crime has also become an alternative for troubled unemployed youth, particularly in drug trafficking, theft and drug use.Télécharger le fichier