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Lack of employment for Iraqi youth could be detrimental in the future

Many Iraqi youth are planning to flee the country in search of permanent jobs as the unemployment rate continues to rise, IRIN reports.

According to the 2009 National Youth Survey conducted by the government and the UN Population Fund , over 23 percent of males and 21 percent of females between the ages of 15 and 24 don't have a job. Of those unemployed, 33 percent said they are planning to migrate for work, the news outlet reported.

Humanitarian groups are hoping the recent news will begin to show the government that things must change if they want the youth to stay and help keep Iraq going.

"This report will definitely grab the government’s attention as it offers a good and comprehensive database on youth, their problems and the best ways to invest in this community," Ali Al-Moussawi, a spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki told the news source. Al-Moussawi further said he hoped the government will have a "thorough and detailed" strategy on aiding the youth in building their futures "by next year."

Ahmed Hassan, 36, now a Baghdad taxi driver, had received his degree in mechanical engineering in 2001, but hasn't been able to find a job that collaborates with his attributes, even though he has sent out countless applications.

"I've made up my mind to emigrate," Hassan, 36, he told the news outlet. "I am desperate for a permanent job with a steady income which I'm certain I will not find here."

As the struggle to build futures within the country continues to plague the youth, humanitarian groups are worried about what it will mean for the future of Iraq if those set to take over the country flee instead.
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