Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer met with the youth at the 2022 Youth Strategy Action Plan Workshop of the Metropolitan Municipality. Stating that it is regrettable that 60 percent of young people look for their future abroad, Soyer said, “This beautiful land deserves neither poverty nor injustice, nor that young people have come to the point of leaving this country. But we also have hope, because you exist.”
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality 2022 Youth Strategy Action Plan Workshop was held at Alsancak Historical Gas Plant. İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Mayor Mustafa Özuslu, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Secretary General Ertuğrul Tugay, TARKEM General Manager Sergenç İneler, youth associations, heads and representatives of non-governmental organizations and young people attended the workshop.
A chain that starts with empathy
Speaking at the workshop, Mayor Tunç Soyer stated that he also has two daughters and said, “I am a youth-friendly, child-friendly mayor. Young people are our treasure. More than 60 percent of the population is looking for their future abroad. This is incredibly sad. Because we live in an extraordinarily beautiful land. This beautiful land deserves neither poverty nor injustice nor the fact that young people have come to the point of leaving this country. That's why we're upset. But we also have hope, because you exist. We know that the desertification, injustice and injustice experienced in these lands are not destiny. Something changeable. So how will it change? I'm talking about a chain that starts with empathy. When you start doing this, you feel a resurrection in conscience. Because you are trying to understand. This makes you curious and you try to be informed. As you gain knowledge, your courage increases. As your courage increases, you open the door to liberation. A chain that begins with empathy and continues with liberation. "This is a recipe I found for my own life," he said.
Iz We will do our part ”
Stating that they listen to the voice of the youth, President Soyer said, “I don't want to do anything good for you. Because what I learned while raising my own children was this: It is impossible to do anything good for them. Supporting something good that they want for themselves. Yes, that is something else. That has been my duty. We held this meeting to hear what you want for yourself. We want you to tell us this. We will do our part to bring what you have said to life," he said.
After his speech, President Soyer listened to the requests of the young people one by one at six separate tables set up for the youth and took notes.