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Youth Mobility Agreements

Most work visas are offered under reciprocal agreements between certain countries to facilitate travel and cultural exchanges between their citizens. Anyone under the age of 30 can become a youth card holder, a young person is not required to be a student or resident of a European country. OTTAWA, ON, December 11, 2020 /CNW/ – The Honorary Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marco E. L. Mendicino, and His Excellency Luigi Di Maio, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic, today signed a new bilateral agreement on youth mobility between Canada and Italy. Some 60 countries have signed bilateral agreements on the working holiday programme:[1] “The partial agreement aims to develop the youth card system, particularly at European level, for the benefit of young people […] In order to facilitate their mobility and access to the various goods and services necessary for their personal and cultural development. The second objective is to take into account the interests and needs of member governments in terms of youth mobility and youth cards. The work programme is designed to generate and mobilize knowledge on these topics, exchange best practices and thus propose better political solutions (seminars, workshops, symposia, etc.). These activities are followed by publications of best practices and recommendations on specific actions to member states and national AECA member organisations. As part of the “Youth Mobility Programme” agreement signed in 2009 between Spain and Canada, up to 1,000 young Canadians can travel to Spain: to this end, a large number of stakeholders will be activated: governments, European institutions, companies, experts, academics, youth NGOs, national youth card organisations and young cardholders. As a result, Member States actively contribute to and benefit from the sub-agreement`s expertise. The overall goal of the agreement is for member governments and EYCA member organisations to work together to create better mobility solutions for young people.

This general objective includes two main objectives: Business France, the French Agency for the Development and Promotion of Business Exports, manages the VIE programme. Young French people who participate in VIE do not receive a salary or a salary, but a scholarship or a monthly allowance paid directly to them in France by Business France. This assistance helps life participants to cover the cost of living in their host country while maintaining housing relations with France. Participants must return to France at the end of their mission. Business France also ensures that life participants will not place a financial burden on their host country by providing housing and covering health costs. Note: The French government has launched the International Volunteering in Enterprise (VIE) programme to enable Young French people to gain work experience in an international environment. These young people are attached to international subsidiaries and subsidiaries of French companies. The main objective of this programme is the vocational training of young French people who are performing well through international engagement.

This allows them to promote their professional development and maintain potential professional relations between them and the host country. As a result, applications for youth mobility visas are not accepted until further notice.