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Panos, from Greece to Ireland
Fatuma, from Somalia to Germany
Contained here are tales of extraordinary personal achievement in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds; people leaving their homes in search of a better future; people fleeing for their lives and relying on the generosity of others they meet along way. they are sometimes children traveling without a guardian or young adults starting anew, learning a new language, a culture and seizing opportunities to achieve their long held dreams.
We aim to counter the misperceptions that categorize migrants and refugees as opportunistic and not interested in integration; stereotypes that many are willing to foster.
Support the campaign by providing compelling stories. Your organization may already have such stories to share.
In this way, the particular aims of your organization will be supported and be joined with wider efforts to correct the many misperceptions about migrants and refugees.
Support for the campaign is growing. The United Nations has encouraged participation in the campaign.
The negative memes about migration that fill our media are usually based on prejudice and misinformation. Yet providing a counter-narrative requires a concerted effort; one in which the people themselves tell their stories, unfiltered and unspun.
how to participate
i am a migrant – i am a refugee provides an easy, accessible opportunity to share stories of migrants and refugees. These could be people whom you have helped, who are employed by or interact with your organization.
Be it an overseas laborer, a student, it can be almost anyone. The banker who picks up and leaves London for Hong Kong, or the nomadic herder forced to leave Somalia for Kenya during this era of global climate change.
The campaign can be fully integrated into your Corporate Sustainability activities through which you will be able to help promote social integration and address xenophobic tensions.
The campaign supports the UN Global Compact initiative for positive global change through business. i am a migrant searches for durable solutions resulting in a sustainable and inclusive global economy that benefits companies, people and communities.
Additionally, the campaign contributes directly to the Sustainable Development Goal of creating peaceful and inclusive societies for all.