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Stories of Migration: Bringing People TOGETHER

By Tolu Olubunmi

I was five years old when I traveled across the borders of Nigeria, my birth country, for the first time.

I still have a fuzzy memory of filling my brown bear backpack with toys at home in Lagos—and then playing with my cousins in Brussels. The memory brings back those feelings of joy sprinkled with wonder. As a child, I did not understand what it took to get me from Africa to Europe - not the security bestowed by my passport nor the convenience and safety afforded me by air travel.

Encouraging Cities to Bring Locals and Immigrants Together: Ideas from Kuopio

Finland – Kuopio is a city in Finland with 120,000 inhabitants. The number of people, houses and businesses in Kuopio have all experienced stable growth for the last 15 years. In the future, though, Kuopio – like many other cities in Finland – will need to rely on people moving in from abroad to keep this growth going.

How African Governments Can Tackle the Migration Crisis

It is estimated that in 2015, 15 million African-born migrants were living outside the continent. In the past few years, thousands have risked their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea bound for Europe, in search of better opportunities. Tragically, many of them only get as far as the Sahara Desert or the middle of the sea where they, unfortunately, meet their demise.

Canadian Orientation Abroad: Presenting Best Practice in Resettlement

By Shaheera Rahin, COA Toronto

Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA)’s Refugee Youth Program Assistant, Shaheera Rahin, recently attended a Migrant Training meeting for IOM pre-departure orientation staff in Oslo.

During her visit to the Norwegian capital, Rahin shared her expertise and COA’s latest programming initiative in the “Refugee Youth Program” – which is jointly implemented by the YMCA of Greater Toronto and COA. COA’s Refugee Youth Program stood out as a strong example in the effective implementation of an innovative approach in refugee youth outreach.