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Arab Youth Survey 2017: the 10 key findings

Arab Youth Survey 2017: the 10 key findings

1. Optimism waning: Only 52 per cent of those polled said they felt things in their countries were moving in the right direction, a drop of 12 per cent from last year.

Arab Youth Survey 2017: the 10 key findings

2. Overlooked by policymakers: A clear message to policymakers and governments across the region was that 81 per cent of young Arabs from across the region wanted their countries to do more to address their needs.

Arab Youth Survey 2017: the 10 key findings

3. Unemployment and extremism: Unemployment, ISIL and the threat of terrorism were the biggest obstacles in the region, at 35, 35 and 34 per cent, respectively.

Arab Youth Survey 2017: the 10 key findings

4. Education shortcomings: Few think their education system is preparing them for the future.

Arab Youth Survey 2017: the 10 key findings

5. ISIL is weakening: Overall concerns about the extremist group have declined to 36 per cent from 50 per cent last year.

Arab Youth Survey 2017: the 10 key findings

6. UAE is a model country: A third of those questioned said the UAE was also their preferred destination to live.

Arab Youth Survey 2017: the 10 key findings

7. Concerns over Trump presidency: Nearly two-thirds of the Arab youth surveyed view Trump’s presidency with concern, anger or fear.

Arab Youth Survey 2017: the 10 key findings

8. Regional allies: Russia and not the US is seen as the region’s top non-Arab ally.

Arab Youth Survey 2017: the 10 key findings

9. Arabic language: Although the vast majority of young Arabs view Arabic as central to their national identity (80 per cent) most (60 per cent) also feel it is losing its value.

Arab Youth Survey 2017: the 10 key findings

10. Social media: The study also found that Facebook (64 per cent) has become the main source of news. WhatsApp and Facebook (both 68 per cent) and YouTube (50 per cent) are the most popular social media platforms in the region.

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