Life in the Arab world has not been the same since the Arab Spring uprisings began in Tunisia a year and a half ago. The Arab Spring spread through neighboring countries, carving out the destructive paths of rebels and insurgents fighting against the various governments. These upheavals have changed the economic and political landscape of the Arab world for years to come, with corrupt leaders and harsh dictators being removed from power after decades of rule. The question posed here: where does this leave the youth of the Arab world?
As the number of Arab countries moving towards democracy continues to grow, the top concerns of young people have begun to shift to worrying about smaller-scale challenges like earning enough money to live and owning their own homes. In countries where the greatest upheaval was experienced, democracy does remain a major focus of their future. Young people living in the countries where their leaders were overthrown or killed — Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen — say their government has become more trustworthy as a result of the Arab Spring, and would like their countries to more closely emulate the United Arab Emirates.
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