UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations says international migration is becoming a key issue in the lives of young people with the latest preliminary data revealing that nearly 35 million migrants are under the age of 20.
UNICEF Deputy Director Christian Salazar said the data collected by the U.N. children's agency and the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs showed that 62 percent of the young people are living in developing countries.
"Whether alone or with their families, adolescents and youth are increasingly migrating in search of employment, education, cultural advantages and better living standards," he said. "But for many young people migration represents also a way out of insecurity, discrimination or abuse."
Salazar spoke at a special event on youth migration to commemorate International Youth Day on Monday.