28 May 2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and George Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece, announced today that Canada and Greece have signed a bilateral agreement on youth mobility.
"Our Government values the excellent relationship it shares with Greece and is proud to further strengthen the ties between our two countries," said Prime Minister Harper.
"Today’s agreement will empower youth to broaden their horizons and develop a better understanding of each other’s cultures. Their experiences abroad will enhance their personal and professional development, giving them a competitive edge in the job market."
Once implemented, this arrangement will make it easier for Canadian and Greek youth to travel and work in each other’s country. Young people will gain valuable life experiences, helping them build international networks and acquire the skills and work opportunities that will help them succeed in an increasingly globalized society.
Canada currently has 32 bilateral youth mobility arrangements under the International Experience Canada (IEC) initiative. In 2010, Canada welcomed over 56,000 international participants under IEC while nearly 19,000 young Canadians went abroad.
For additional information, please visit International Experience Canada.