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Parliamentary questions
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18 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Olivier Chastel
 Subject: Young people in urban areas on the African continent

Urban areas in Africa are increasingly encroaching on rural areas, which is bringing large numbers of young people seeking a better future. By 2050 over a billion Africans will be living in urban areas. Africa will have to cope with a social, economic and environmental crisis and a young generation which is increasingly urbanised and affected by job insecurity and the failure of the education model.

It is vital that those in charge put together urban policies which include spatial planning and development plans and take into consideration the needs of citizens in terms of essential services (drinking water, sanitation, electricity and access to care, education, sport and leisure activities) and their expectations with regard to economic development and job creation.

How is the EU, in the context of its partnership with Africa, helping young people in urban areas to be involved in the economic development of large cities? Should it not try to keep these people in rural areas by helping their development through, for example, agriculture, market gardening and livestock farming and ensuring they have access to land and fair pay in order to limit the exodus to metropolitan areas and manage the increasing flows of people?

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