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Africa has the youngest population in the world, and it's growing fast.The continent remains stubbornly inhospitable – politically, economically, and socially – to young people.Africa can thrive if its governments act now to tap the energy and dynamism of the burgeoning youth population.This will be no small feat, not least because of the age gap between Africa's young majority and their leaders: the average age of an African president is 62, while the median age of Africa's population is 19.5 . According to the African Development Bank, 12 million young people entered Africa's labor force in 2015, but only 3.1 million jobs were created.Africa does not have a large labor-intensive manufacturing sector to absorb its mushrooming young population.Africa's vision for economic integration, as set out in the African Union's Agenda 2063, cannot be realized without labor migration that creates African careers paths for young people.Contrary to popular belief, young people are not migrating from Africa exclusively for economic reasons.
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