Monday, December 11, 2006

‘Most Indian youths want to emigrate’

http://timesofindia.com Viewed on 05-12-06

Rashmee Roshan Lall TNN
London: India’s Generation Next leads the world’s young, along with the Kenyans in wanting to emigrate and secure a better future, a BBC global survey of 15- to 17-yearolds in 10 cities has found.

Today’s youth also appeared to thirst for a world without borders, with four out of five respondents telling the survey that people should be able to live in any country they choose.

Overall, two-thirds of 3,000 representatives of Generation Next in New York, Nairobi, Cairo, Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, Baghdad, Delhi, Jakarta, Moscow and London said they would happily leave their mother country and emigrate. 81% Indians say no need to follow customs of adopted homeland London: One in seven representatives of the Generation Next said they would even risk their life to reach another country, according to a BBC survey. Indians and Kenyans led the list of potential New Age émigrés with 80% displaying a marked desire to be world citizens rather than stay-at-home wage-earners.

Somewhat surprisingly, however, Baghdad’s youth movingly attested to a firm desire to stay home despite the high levels of violence that leave Iraq bloodied every day. Half of all Baghdad’s youth emphatically said they would not emigrate, which the BBC said was the biggest negative response to the question of all the 10 cities. Analysts said the survey underlined the narrowing distance between the developed and developing world Generation Next attitudes to big-ticket issues such as immigration, quality of life and mobility. Young people everywhere, overall, are seen to display a strong desire to be highly mobile, the survey found.

But the survey found huge disagreement amongst young people in the developed and developing halves of the global economy on immigrant integration. A significant 38% overall, which includes 81% of Indian Gen Next, said it was not essential to adopt the customs and beliefs of an adopted homeland and immigrants were entitled to live separate lives. But 61% of New York’s young called for immigrant assimilation, a high figure that pushed up the overall — 49% — tilt towards the need for immigrants to adopt the culture of their new country.

Young Indians also appeared to be more concerned about terrorism than the wristband-generation anywhere else on the planet. Sixty-six of all Indians said terrorism was the most important issue globally right now, with New Yorkers following close behind at 63% and Baghdad at 59%.

Overall, just 36% of the respondents listed terrorism as the most important issue facing the world. BBC explained its interest in sampling Gen Next attitudes with facts and figures that show “the number of young people in the world has never been higher. In all, there are about one billion 12- to 18-year-olds. Almost nine out of 10 live in the developing world.”

The broadcaster said: “The proportion of young people per country is highest in Africa and lowest in Europe.” BBC, which said on Monday that its key areas of interest in the survey were immigration, climate change, terrorism and war, crime, religion, education, global population and honesty.

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