Global Conversations – Technology, Remote Work and Sustainable Livelihoods for Refugees

The fourth video in our Global Conversations series.
There is an urgent need for scalable, sustainable and replicable models of job creation for refugees, and technology has the potential to provide this. Yet, this potential has not been fully realised for refugees. The current disruption to employment caused by COVID-19, forcing many to work from home, has emphasized the potential for some work to be done remotely, via technology. As many companies now realise that their employees can work anywhere, from home, from a cafe or even from a refugee camp, this has presented an opportunity for refugees.

The Impact of Covid-19 on Migrants and Migration in the Gulf States

By: Dr. Georgia Cole
It is fitting that the Centre for Global Human Movement’s first Global Conversation on Covid-19 began with a discussion on the virus’ impact on migrants in the Gulf States. As Froilan Malit, Jr. outlined at the start of his talk, all but two states within the Gulf Cooperation Council, namely Oman and Saudi Arabia, have a larger number of migrants within their borders than nationals. Any effective and sustainable regional response to the virus must thus necessarily put migrants and migration at its centre. While political leverage is far from evenly distributed between governments in the Gulf and those in migrants’ home countries, a degree of interdependence means that governments in migrants’ countries of origin have also been enrolled in conversations about how to manage the virus’s impacts on public health, social protection, transnational remittances and international diplomacy.

Global Conversations – Migrant Workers in the Gulf Region

Our first video episode in a new series “Global Conversations – Frontlines during Covid-19.”
We were joined by Mr Froilan Malit, a migration specialist at Gulf Labour Markets and Migration, joined us from Dubai for this virtual seminar. Froilan has worked for many years across the Gulf region with migrant workers, consulates and international organisations and has extensive experience in the protection of the rights of migrant workers.

Global Conversations: Frontlines during Covid-19

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How does Covid-19 effect the situation of refugees and migrants across different parts of the globe and what can we expect for the post-Covid phase? We will engage in global conversations with people at the frontlines in Europe, the Middle East and North America. After short 1-to-1 conversations, we will open the floor to the audience to ask their questions.

Next Session:
12 June “Technology, remote work and sustainable livelihoods for refugees post-COVID” with Lorraine Charles and leaders of frontline organisations Chams, Na’amal, Re:Coded, Refugeework.net, Natakallam as well as the refugees working with them