Pakistan among worst countries to live in for people under 25

Published: November 1, 2015
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Pakistan is among one of the worst countries for young people under 25 to live in, according to a new report.

Youthonomics Global Index 2015 compiled data on 64 countries based on a wide range of indicators to assess how youth-friendly each country is. The aim of the findings is to provide information to the youth to make well-informed decisions about whether they should stay where they are or move elsewhere for a better future.

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Columnist Felix Marquardt and his team used data from international organisations like the World Bank, UNESCO and the OECD to decide the world’s best and worst countries for young people. The team also made use of 59 indicators to rank the countries, based on their surveys on optimism among the youth, but also on harder data measuring health, educational opportunities, and access to employment.

According to them, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands are the world’s youth-friendliest countries, whereas many young people face a lack of prospects in parts of Africa and Asia, including Russia, Egypt, Brazil, Kenya, Mali, South Africa and Pakistan.

Not surprisingly, richer or economically expanding countries are the best places for young people. However, there are other factors that come into play as well. Marquardt writes that young people should be encouraged to go abroad and ‘work visas’ should be available in more countries.

Pakistani passport still among worst in the world: report

“For instance, young Swedes are offered the opportunity to take a sabbatical year to explore different professions and countries. Moreover, Norway and Sweden mutualise unemployment data. If there is an unfilled job in Sweden, young Norwegians can be paid to move into their neighbouring country to fill that position,” Marquardt wrote.

“Let young people go abroad. Many of them will come back to their home countries because they miss them, but they will be equipped with new experiences and knowledge they picked up abroad,” he added.

Further, according to the index, China has outranked many South American and European nations such as Spain, Croatia and Italy because of its efforts to alleviate poverty, and its willingness to invest in education. The authors actually consider it to be one of the world’s most youth-friendly countries.

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The index also found that labour unions made a lot of difference as far as a country’s attractiveness was concerned. “We noticed that nations where labour unions also advocate for those who are unemployed performed much better in our index,” Marquardt said.

He cited Austria as a prime example of this as both youth unemployment rates and poverty levels are low in that country. According to Johannes Kopf, a member of the board of directors at the Austrian Public Employment Service, job flexibility and an education system that allows young people to remain in school while they also take on apprenticeships at companies is one of the most important factor for Austria’s low youth unemployment rates.

This article originally appeared on Washington Post

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Saleem
    Nov 1, 2015 - 1:42PM

    Very surprise to see article based on non famous website…Recommend

  • Aakashvaani
    Nov 1, 2015 - 1:43PM

    They should leave it at “Pakistan is the worst country ___“. Recommend

  • Nov 1, 2015 - 2:06PM

    Its just one ranking the richer economies have better life prospect for any age, I dont know how it serves the purpose to create zillions of sub category all depending upon same category, how will it change any ranking or anything at all? You can create a ranking like People with better life, people with better roads, people with better electricity, people with better houses, people with better lifestyle all these depends upon single thing, the prosperity of a nation. So all ranking will be same, I thought people have some better work to do than to create sub categories like this.Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Nov 1, 2015 - 3:38PM

    Pakistan is worst for any human being to live. What is there for them? Corruption, Conflict, Terrorist attacks, Killings, Extortion, Bigotry, Poverty and Religious fundamentalism.Recommend

  • Mrs HighBall
    Nov 1, 2015 - 4:40PM

    @Salim Khan: Undoubtedly the great Quaid would be turning in his grave with the humongous mess that has become Pakistan and what has been reaped.Recommend

  • Sunny
    Nov 1, 2015 - 5:18PM

    I am 23 years old and I am.very comfortable and happy to live in Pakistan. Pakistan is a free country.These types of survey are conducted to create frustration and disappointment in young people of Pakistan.I condemn this survey.Problems are in every country.Why Pakistan only?????Recommend

  • Ali
    Nov 1, 2015 - 5:29PM

    @Aakashvaani India is ranked 49th in this index where as Pakistan is ranked 56th. You guys are not that far away, I would get off my high horse if I were you and go read the paper before showing my obsession with Pak on a Pakistani newspaper!Recommend

  • Motiwala
    Nov 1, 2015 - 5:52PM

    @Indian trolls
    it looks like India is close, judging by the colour on the map.

    But the news link “Pakistani passport still among worst in the world: report” is depressing. Wish it is not true, but it is true based on personal experience. They treat us like terrorists until proven otherwise.Recommend

  • karachiite
    Nov 1, 2015 - 8:12PM

    karachi certainly isnt youth friendly. those who think it is clearly havent been to real youth friendly places then. im young and i hate being living here. there is absolutely noting to do apart from eating here. you cant go on walks. you’re paranoid of losing your phone all the time. you’re completely dependent on drivers and cars to get from place to place. There are no public or social activities on a daily basis. half of my time goes by in worrying how to go get home from school because i cant afford a 24 hour driver. yeah – not the life a young person would really want. ive lived 2 months in canada as a student . that life was beautiful fun and free. Recommend

  • Zen
    Nov 1, 2015 - 9:23PM

    @Motiwala:
    Enjoy your fruits!Recommend

  • Atif Salim
    Nov 2, 2015 - 1:39AM

    I understand Pakistan’s low ranking. Otherwise why would so many Pakistanis be going to Europe illegally. Greece is full of Pakistanis who are waiting to get to Germany. Recommend

  • Aleem
    Nov 2, 2015 - 6:45AM

    @Salim Khan:
    Sounds like India…”Corruption, Conflict, Terrorist attacks, Killings, Extortion, Bigotry, Poverty and Religious fundamentalism.”Recommend

  • Proud Karachiite
    Nov 2, 2015 - 10:00AM

    @Karachiite
    You have not explored the city well then. I am 25, married and have spent my whole life here. And I am really very comfortable and happy living here in Karachi. Plus, I dont have my personal vehicle.Recommend

  • Imran
    Nov 2, 2015 - 1:07PM

    Kashmir issue and Kashmiris are more important.Recommend

  • Dr.M.m.khan
    Nov 2, 2015 - 2:41PM

    Let us not be emotional and face facts. Pakistan suffers from youth bulge. Nearly 80% of it’s population is under the age of 25. Can we be honest and ask ourselves how many of those studying in the universities and who have no connections and are not parasites on their parents have a job to og to? They end up by being radicalised out of pure frustration.What does madrassa education give us other than religion but it still is regarded as equivalent to the standard university education. One can cite similar example from other countries but let us be Pakistan centric. I meet many young talented pakistanis abroad full of talent and potential but washing dishes in Monaco or Paris or delivering newspapers.. In fact i will maintain the best pakistani talent is found abroad and not in Pakistan. Pakistan has no blue print for it’s young population.Recommend

  • Kimat gulf khatak
    Nov 2, 2015 - 8:38PM

    Pakistan ls poor.it is corrupted. We should not be upset at what others think of us.we should be upset as our poor response to self respect.
    We voted for the same people 2 days ago who insulted our self respect.
    The national attitude of honor the powerful. Love to be kicked around and wine and seek pitty is shameful.
    Can we get up in the morning and promise to respect full and vote the truth and determine to climb to the top like chinese,germans,Vietnamese. Remember our Rasoole took a wretched nation and took it to the top with resources not even drinking water.

    We have every thing except courage and sense of national honor.Recommend

  • HZR
    Nov 2, 2015 - 10:17PM

    The photo accompanying the article only shows only males under 25 adoes this mean that girls under 25 are very happy or does it mean that it does not matter whether are happy or unhappy!Recommend

  • Nov 2, 2015 - 11:00PM

    I would rather live in sunny Pakistan then live in Dark Cold Depressing Norway.Recommend

  • Skywalker
    Nov 3, 2015 - 12:38AM

    The generation has lot of work cut out for itself. We know what is wrong, but the question is do we know how to get from wrong to right. I hope many are thinking to take up the challenge and clean the nation up. Same goes with India.Recommend

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