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The world appears safer in Generation Z’s hands

A ‘reassuring’ global survey of people born around the turn of the millennium reveals that the majority are serious-minded, internationalist and supportive of human rights

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“What do young people around the world think and feel?” may seem like a simple question, but it’s one that we tend to answer with anecdotes rather than evidence. On the one hand, we hear about their anxiety-ridden lives and their struggles to find jobs or housing. On the other, we are told a sunlit story of a tolerant, tech-savvy generation; the most educated and free in human history.

There has been – until now – surprisingly little data on the attitudes, hopes and values of young people at a global level. That is why the Varkey Foundation commissioned the polling company Populus to conduct ...

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