Photo: 7 Million Mexican Youth at Risk
Seven million young people do not study and are unable to find a job, and risk being sucked into the criminal organizations that perfection their networks to recruit more and more young people who live in this desperate situation. The alarm comes from the weekly “Desde la Fe” of the archdiocese of Mexico, a copy of which was sent to the Fides Agenzia. The magazine notes that, according to official reports, in Latin America there are nearly 40 million young people between 15 and 29 years of age with an uncertain future, because they do not study or work (they are called “Ninis”): This figure represents the fourth part of the population of that age.
In Mexico, that number reaches seven million young people and is made up of the most vulnerable young population. The archdiocese observes that “while the network of organized crime improves and expands its potential to attract millions of young people without opportunities, the public policies to assist them ’ Sleep the sleep of the right ‘. The text of the archdiocese continues : “This is the most vulnerable young population, because it does not have a job or a profession, it falls in bad habits, or lives in the desperate search of a job opportunity that does not come, so they are tempted to accept the proposals from organized crime who offer lots of money, even knowing that there is a risk of losing their lives or freedom”.
The figures are alarming: 80 percent of the Mexican jails are occupied by young people between 20 and 35 years of age, victims of violent crimes 9 times out of 10 are young people.
It is not enough to help the young who study in order not to drop out of school, but opportunities must be provided for those who are not even part of the school system, and of course much less have the opportunity to join the economically active population, experts say. The magazine also recognizes that the work of the Catholic Church in this area has decreased enormously, because young people are increasingly alienated from the environment of faith and by a lack of evangelization for them.