GLOBAL • INVESTMENT
MARCH 17, 2020
Everyone is a migrant, and most people are not a native of the place where they are born. So, why is the world divided into migrants and “natives”? How can we make sure that everyone feels equally safe and comfortable in every corner of our common home?
The estimated number of international migrants worldwide reached 272 million in 2019, which is 51 million more than in 2010. Poverty, wars, lack of access to basic livelihoods make people leave the countries they call ‘home’ and seek a better place for themselves and their families.
Despite the fact that migration can be a beneficial phenomenon for a country’s economy, a lot of migrants are marginalized and often face human rights violations, less opportunities and discrimination in many societies.
Meet Na Takallam, Migport, Life Shelter, Shezlong and Leaf Global, 5 of the 10 winners of the Migration Entrepreneurship Prize by the Human Security Division (Switzerland).The prize was aimed at finding the most promising seed-stage startups working to alleviate the pressure for people, who take dangerous routes in their search for a new home.
Check the episode to meet the founders and find out how they are making the world more welcoming and safe for everyone.
Additional resources to explore more on this topic:
Refugees teach arabic through an online platform Na Takallam
Aline Sara – NaTakallam – 2019 Finalist for MENA (Cartier Women’s Initiative)
Learning Arabic with NaTakallam
Interview with Aline Sara, Co-Founder and CEO of NaTakallam
The tech entrepreneur turning refugees into teachers (NaTakallam)
Interview with Berat Kjamili, Migport (The Collective Global Accelerator 2018)
Berat Kjamili’s MEM Summit speech on Migration Technology
Lifeshelter® – Innovative Shelter Solutions for Refugees
Lifeshelter Classrooms – Nduta, North Western Tanzania
How Shezlong works (Arabic)
The human right strategy of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)
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MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA • OTHER
The Migration Entrepreneurship Prize: A startup program with the mission to enhance the economic inclusion of migrants in the Middle East and Africa
The Migration Entrepreneurship Prize program is focused on socio-economic rights and reducing the vulnerability of migrants in the Middle East and Africa.
AFRICA • TECHNOLOGY
No Regrets Policy or How to Find Your New Home and Build Two Startups in the Meantime | Nat Robinson
Leaf Global is one of the ten winners selected for the Entrepreneur Migration Prize by HSD.
GLOBAL • EDUCATION & CONSULTING
Bringing Displaced People Together With Locals | Berat Kjamili
Talking about life as a migrant and as a social entrepreneur, Berat shared his story with us in this exclusive podcast.
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA • URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Building Homes for Displaced People Worldwide | Jens Olsson
Looking for a more impactful role in the world, Jens joined Life Shelter as a Managing Director.