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Brief Published: 11 Sep 2017

How Millennials See the World

Some 56% of millennials think their views are ignored when important decisions are made in their country

Millennials (aged 18 to 35) are concerned about climate change, optimistic about job creation and welcoming of refugees, according to Swiss non-profit the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Community Shapers Survey, published this month. Highlights include:

  • Top Concerns: Climate change and the destruction of nature is the most serious global issue, with nearly half (49%) of young people citing this as their primary concern. The majority (91%) agree that science has proven that humans are responsible for climate change. Large-scale conflict and wars are second on the list of issues (39%), followed by income inequality and discrimination (31%).
  • Work Outlook: Millennials are optimistic about tech and the future of work: three-quarters (79%) believe technology is creating more jobs than it's destroying. However, only 26% would trust a robot to make decisions for them. The top destinations for young people looking to advance their careers are the United States (18%), Canada (12%) and the UK (10%).
  • Feeling Disempowered: More than half (56%) of millennials think their views are ignored when important decisions are made in their country. The top three ways young people feel they can be empowered in society are via entrepreneurship or start-ups, access to the internet and free media or social media.
  • Refugee Empathy: More than half (55%) of young people said governments should try to include refugees in the national workforce. Over 78% would welcome refugees in their own neighbourhood.

For more on millennials' core values, see Youth in Flux: Millennial 20/20 Summit.

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