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Waithood (a portmanteau of "wait" and "adulthood") refers to the period of stagnation in the lives of young unemployed college graduates in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, "a kind of prolonged adolescence"[1], "the bewildering time in which large proportions of Middle Eastern youth spend their best years waiting.

It is a phase in which the difficulties youth face in each of these interrelated spheres of life result in a debilitating state of helplessness and dependency. Waithood can be best understood by examining outcomes and linkages across five different sectors: education, employment, housing, credit, and marriage."[2]

Waithood is a difficult and unpleasant period; without work, young people are unable to initiate other areas of their development, including purchasing home and getting married.[3][4]

See also


  1. ^ Diane Singerman, "Thirty and Single, Coping with Delayed Marriage", The Middle East Youth Initiative (February 2008)
  2. ^ Navtej Dhillon, "Middle East Youth Bulge: Challenge or Opportunity?", The Brookings Institution (May 2008)
  3. ^ "Understanding Waithood", Middle East Youth Initiative
  4. ^ Hilary Silver, "Social Exclusion: Comparative Analysis of Europe and Middle East Youth", Middle East Youth Initiative Working Paper (September 2007)

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