Hi there. Can I tell you what I dream of doing?
I want to provide refugees the same rights and privileges that others have. Whether this means changing policies or modifying policies, a lot can be done to assist refugees beginning with stopping the exploitation. Part of refugee assistance includes informing policymakers how their policies create refugees.
It's all part of making a better world.
Forced migration shouldn't be man-made, but limited to natural disasters or unexpected emergencies. When a person becomes a refugee or forced migrant, help should be provided immediately, during transit, and upon arrival in order to provide the highest chance of success for the person to remain productive and contribute his or her talents to society.
This is really going to help people.
The impact of my vision will be mainly felt by displaced refugees in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. However, the beneficiaries include everyone because the contributions of refugees are significant. We don't know who may become a refugee. Years ago it was Ireland, today it is Palestine and Syria. Tomorrow it may be you. So creating a network of solutions is in everyone's interest.
It's not just about having an idea though - here are the things I know I can achieve:
Treating refugees as humans.
Full employment for refugees in order to protect their dignity, and contribute to economic development.
Connect the world by being helpers, instead of being oppressors or disinterested bystanders.
I'm going to make this happen, and this is how I know it'll make a difference.
When refugees are seamlessly accepted and integrated into their arrival nation, and become able to contribute to helping others including themselves until returning home when safe. Being a refugee should never be permanent, and certainly never be multi-generational. When refugees are treated as guests, and host communities are sad to see them leave, we know we will have succeeded.
Thanks for listening to me. Will you help me build a better world?