The MADE Working Group on Diaspora and Migrants in Development is excited to announce the launch of the first ever Global Diaspora Day! Our call for submissions generated over 80 articles, case studies, photos and videos from all over the world. We are pleased to share with you all the selected and inspiring stories, learning tools and initiatives!
Organised by AFFORD and MADE Network, Global Diaspora Day aims to:
Stream the Global Diaspora Day playlist here!
Following the set of 10 recommendations to come out of the Civil Society Days of the 2015 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), the launch of Global Diaspora Day forms part of the ongoing work of this MADE Working Group. The goal of Global Diaspora Day is to ensure the engagement of diaspora and migrants as entrepreneurs, social investors, policy advocates and partners in human development (recommendation 6), while simultaneously combatting the xenophobic attitudes towards these groups within society (recommendation 5).
With the increase in global migration, including irregular migration, as well as floundering migration management policies, there has been a concurrent increase in suspicion and fear among the citizens and governments of receiving countries, often translating into increased xenophobia and discrimination towards migrants and diaspora communities. In the face of this misplaced negativity and fear, there is now, more than ever, the need to find creative ways to provide exposure to diaspora and migrants’ contributions to development.
We hope that Global Diaspora Day 2016 provides us all with a platform to begin discussions on how we promote positive diaspora and migrant narratives.
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Ⓒ of the picture used: Comisión de Acción Social Menonita (CASM)