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The most optimistic Kuwaiti youth in the Arab world, according to a survey

Sunil John

Kuwait: Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing conflicts, and record economic decline, most young Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) say their best days are in front of them. I believe, but I respect the government for tackling nepotism and corruption. We provide more support when starting your own business. This optimism is highest among Kuwaiti youth, with an overwhelming 92% saying that “our best day is before us.”

These are some of the key findings from the 13th ASDA’A BCW Arab Youth Survey released yesterday by MENA’s leading public relations consultant, ASDA’A BCW, and are amazing for young Arab men and women. Revealed resilience and hope. Their growing frustration not only in the community, but also in increasing unemployment, access to quality higher education and rising living costs.

Currently in the 13th year, MENA’s largest demographic, the largest survey of more than 200 million young people, began June 6-30, 2021 in 50 cities and territories in 17 countries from the age of 18. We surveyed 3,400 Arab citizens up to the age of 24. ASDA’ABCW by PSB Insights is a global strategic research and analysis specialist and one of the cohorts evenly divided between men and women.

Optimism for a better life
Last year, the pandemic cost the MENA economy an estimated $ 227 billion and some countries were on the verge of bankruptcy. But when asked if they believed their best day was either in front of or behind them, an amazing 60 percent of young Arabs expressed optimism for the future-5. The highest level of aggressiveness of the year.

A survey report on “hope for the future” based on the findings further emphasizes the optimism of young Arabs, with nearly half (48%) saying they “live a better life than their parents.” It is the highest percentage of 3 people in a year. In addition, half of the respondents said their economies were heading in the right direction and expected a full economic recovery by 2022.

Promising findings do not reduce the scale of the challenges facing local policymakers, with 89% of young Arabs saying they are very concerned about rising living costs. More than eight in ten are also concerned about unemployment and the quality of higher education, and more than one-third (37%) say they are having a hard time paying for it. Another one-third (33%) said that either they or their family members lost their jobs because of COVID-19.

Young Arabs have identified three strategies to boost job creation, and their top priorities are tackling corruption and nepotism, providing more information on available employment opportunities, and educational reform. Is included. They also say they hope to help governments start their own businesses by providing more access to affordable funding and reducing bureaucracy.

Increasing trust in the government
Studies show that today more young Arabs trust their government to address their priorities. Almost three-quarters (72%) of young Arabs said their voice was important to their leaders. This is the view held by the overwhelming 90% of young people in Kuwait. Even in North Africa and the Levant region, which have witnessed significant social unrest in recent years, many young Arabs now believe their opinions are important to the government.

The United States is the most influential
Other important findings widely consider Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to be the region’s strongest allies, with more than eight out of ten young Arabs making them strong in their own country. It is described as an ally or a certain ally. According to Arab youth, China and Russia are the fourth and fifth strongest allies in the region, with the United Kingdom and the United States ranked eighth and ninth, respectively. Arab youth continue to feel the United States’ presence in regional affairs, with more than two-thirds (69%) of Kuwait’s youth saying it is the most influential country in the Arab world.

View on gender equality
This year’s survey shows a marked change in sentiment towards gender equality. Last year, 64% of female respondents said they had the same rights as men. But this year, just over half (51%) believe so. Young women in Lebanon are particularly at a disadvantage compared to men, with only 44% saying they have the same rights as men from 60% in 2020.

Women’s progress in the workplace is also stagnant, with only 46% of young Arab women saying they have the same occupational opportunities as men, compared to 52% last year. Worryingly, 44% of young women also say that men have improved access to occupational opportunities today, up from just over a third (35%) last year.

Few people consider immigration
Lack of financial opportunities continues to be the main driver of migrants, with one-third (33%) of young Arabs saying they are considering or attempting to leave their country. However, this is a significant decrease from 42% of Arab youth who said they wanted to relocate in 2020. The desire to relocate is the lowest among Kuwait’s youth, with only 8% saying they are considering relocating from their home country.

Hope for the future
“As one of the region’s largest telecommunications consultancy companies with a rich heritage dating back 21 years, ASDA’A BCW gives MENA’s young Arab men and women a say through the annual Arab Youth Survey. “We are working on this,” said Sunil John, president. , Founder of MENA, BCW and ASDA’ABCW. “From the nine countries that began the survey in 2008 to today’s 17 Arab states and territories, we’ve expanded the survey over the years, demonstrating insights for young people in the wake of a global recession. Therefore, its voice is more emphasized, before and after the Arab Spring, and during the COVID-19 pandemic. “

“Inevitably, this year’s survey shows many of the very harmful effects of pandemics and the work needed to meet the future hopes of Arab youth. But at the same time, it is among our youth. It sheds new light on the deep reserves of optimism and pragmatism. Such aggressiveness is very encouraging and a powerful platform for policy makers to build a better and more prosperous future. ” Concluded.

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