YOUTHS are the energy of the nation and when youths migrate from one place to another, energy moves from that area as well.
The remark was made by Youth Ministry permanent secretary Joseva Sania at the opening of the Western Division youth conference in Lautoka yesterday.
Mr Sania reiterated that youth migration from village centres to urban areas was an issue, particularly in the West.
"The reason young people move in the world is because some are fleeing persecution, others try to escape hardship while some are alone," he said. "Also, young people face great challenges like racism, human rights violation and, young women in particular, sexual exploitation."
Mr Sania said the migration of youths did not only occur in Fiji and that it was a universal issue.
"Young people contribute to more than 10 per cent of the 214million international migrants, yet too little is known about their struggles."
Mr Sania said youths were a dynamic group who could use their energy to better their communities, an example being the Fiji Primary Schools Netball tournament where Yasawa lifted the U14 trophy by beating Suva Gold 16-12.
Close to 60 participants from western youth groups participated in the workshop.