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.
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.
“I left my hometown of Bama 19 months ago where I was a tailor. What I miss most from my old home is my jewellery, my eldest daughter, who has been kidnapped by Boko Haram, and my husband, who they killed.”
When Fahim Mudei (22) left his hometown of Mogadishu in Somalia less than three years ago, he could not have imagined that his journey would eventually take him to Serbia and that this is where he would wish to finally settle.
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.