Global Refugee Youth Consultations


What are the Global Refugee Youth Consultations (GRYC)?

The GRYC is a joint initiative of the UNHCR and the Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) in Geneva, Switzerland and is being supported by the Youth and Adolescents in Emergencies (YAE) Group.

 A key component of the project was the participation of 1,267 refugee young people in consultations across 22 countries  between October 2015 and June 2016, to amplify youth voices in decisions that affect them. 

555 young people participated in the Australian consultations, which were coordinated through a partnership between MYAN and RCOA, which identified 11 key challenges and 32 key recommendations to act on.

These consultations are seen as the beginning of a process—a process that must continue to develop the leadership, capacity, and futures of refugee youth everywhere.

The consultations informed a Global Youth Workshop and the UNHCR-NGO Consultations, held in Geneva in June 2016, with youth delegates from across the world  attending to share the views and recommendations of young people consulted. Read more here.

About Australia's Youth Delegates to the GRYC

Arash  Boardbar Arif Hazara
Elizabeth Lang Sarah Yahya

Australia's youth delegates took the findings of the GRYC in Australia to Geneva in June 2016 to present to the 2016 annual UNHCR-NGO Consultations. During these consultations a GRYC Global Youth Workshop was held that brought together young people from across the globe who had participated in their national consultations.

The GRYC Global Youth Workshop resulted in the development of 7 Core Actions for Refugee Youth and the global report, We believe in youth: Global Refugee Youth Consultation Final Report, which were launched in September 2016. 

Through these activities, Elizabeth, Arif, Sarah and Arash brought the concerns, ideas and experiences of young people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds in Australia to the international community.

Read Arif's statement here.

In December the delegates returned to Geneva to discuss plans for implementing these seven priority actions.

MYAN and RCOA have worked in partnership to support the GRYC in Australia - thanks to the generous support of sponsors: AMES Australia, Youth Affairs Council of WA (YACWA), Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA), Access Community Services, Amnesty International Australia, MDA Ltd and MYAN (Australia).


Where can I learn more?

Final Report

SPEAKING UP: The Global Refugee Youth Consultations Report is available here. You can also read a summary of the findings here.  


There is a public Facebook page for the international consultations where you can learn more about these events across the world. Check these out here.


You can also join in the conversation on Twitter by searching #GRYC. Follow the conversation here.

SPEAKING UP: The Global Refugee Youth Consultations in Australia Report

This report presents the ideas and recommendations of more than 500 young people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds who participated in consultations across Australia. 

The report is part of a global project that aims to amplify refugee youth voices in decisions that affect them, and contributes to national and international advocacy on issues for refugee and asylum seeking young people.

The full report is available here.