Celebrated today, August 12th, this year’s International Youth Day is highlighting the critical issue of global migration and the many reasons why nearly 35 million young people are leaving their countries in search of greater social and economic opportunities. What are they hoping to find? Why are some of them being forced to flee their homes? What are the challenges they face when they arrive in a new country? And perhaps most importantly, how prepared are today’s governments and civil society organizations to help these young people—so far from their families and communities?

The International Youth Foundation (IYF) believes all young people today—regardless of where they live or where they come from—should have the skills and opportunities to learn, to find a decent job or start their own business, and to be active citizens in their communities. Today’s young people are the most mobile in history, and many of them view leaving their own countries as a way to move forward in their lives. Yet through our work in more than 70 countries, we know that far too many of these young immigrants find themselves even further marginalized, vulnerable, and frustrated.

As part of IYF’s partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Nicole Goldin, Director of the Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative explores this growing surge in youth migration on her post published today on CNN’s Global Public Square blog. Learn more about what she believes needs to be done to “harness the power of today’s global, mobile, and ambitious young people so as to increase prosperity and security for us all.”