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Research Series Issue 59: The rural youth situation in Latin America and the Caribbean
December 2019

This study offers a general picture of the situation of rural youth in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The population is described through its demographic dynamics, its socio-economic characteristics, the situation of priority groups, such as women and indigenous people.

The available data regarding these dimensions are presented noting the existing gaps both about urban youth and about adults and contrasting the data with the available literature on youth in the region.

There are still gaps between rural and urban youth in the areas of poverty, education and workforce integration in every country, although with important differences between them. Thus, rural youth appear to be an especially vulnerable group, a situation that is aggravated in women, indigenous people and Afro-descendants.


Maia Guiskin, Pablo Yanes, Miguel del Castillo Negrete