Young People In The Middle East Reveal Their Biggest Concerns Right Now

More than a year after the Arab Spring began, the concerns of Arab youth are shifting, according to a survey by ASDA’A Burson-Marstelle. 

Here are the top 10 findings from the survey based on face-to-face interviews with 2,500 Arab men and women, aged 18 to 24:

  • The high cost of living is the greatest concern among Arab youth
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Photo: ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller

  • Young people say fair pay and owning their own home are more important than living in a democratic country, previously their number-one priority
  • The lack of democracy and civil unrest are still the biggest obstacles 
  • Young people in the Middle East believe that condition are better and will continue to improve as a result of the Arab Spring
  • 72 per cent believe their government has become more trustworthy, but admit they are now more aware of corruption
  • A majority of Arab youth do not believe the Arab Spring will spread to additional countries
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Photo: Arab Youth Survey

  • A shrinking number of Arab youth think traditional values should be preserved for future generations
  • Arab youth are following the news more closely, watching less TV and using the Internet more 
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Photo: Arab Youth Survey

  • Among all foreign nations, Middle East youth favour France; The U.S. and U.K are less favourable than last year
Arab youth

Photo: Arab Youth Survey

  • The United Arab Emirates is the country where Arab youth would like to live most
Arab youth

Photo: Arab Youth Survey

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