Humanitarian Partnerships with Civil Society: Ensuring Assistance matches Context

Over the past three years, Suma Sherma, a tireless health worker in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, has helped over 100 pregnant women and assisted some 40 births. 

Suma works for IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and its local non-governmental organization (NGO) partner, Mukti. The two organizations provide health care to Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshis living in Cox’s Bazar through their jointly-run clinics and mobile health teams.

We Won’t Allow Ugliness in the Beautiful Game

By William Lacy Swing

Why are so many of the world’s great footballers migrants? Or its basketball stars? Or a growing proportion of the players among the U.S.’ Major League Baseball clubs?

Perhaps it’s because in a truly global economy, sports create a migrant meritocracy few other industries can match. Winning, after all, is not everything to a sports fan. It’s the only thing. So where you come from, what language you speak or what religion you were raised in have little impact on where you’re allowed to kit out. If you’re good enough, you’re welcomed to the team.

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.