While the 2015 migratory crisis has impacted the relations between Africa and Europe until now, the COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated how reliant European Union’s economies are on migrant workers. The pandemic has also highlighted the existing skills shortage in Africa resulting from labour migration. It is therefore urgent to open a frank discussion among stakeholders on migration and mobility in order to ensure a true win-win cooperation on these issues.
Over 8 million Nepali are outside of Nepal and the majority of them are migrant workers and have found themselves affected one way or other by the current pandemic.
The Health Committee of Non-Resident Nepali Association is organizing 2nd Global Nepali Health Conference during Sept 18-20, 2020. The aim of the conference is to bring together individuals, organizations, government(s) and international agencies who are working towards improving and maintaining the health of Nepali as migrants worldwide, as well as in Nepal.
The global economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant attention to migrant remittances and the potential impact of a projected decline in their volumes. It is important, however, to recognize that migrants contribute much more, both in financial and indirect ways, to their country of origin (CoO). Responses and policies that are being considered should cover all aspects of migrants’ contributions, not only remittances.
The De Martino Hospital is the main referral hospital in Mogadishu for treating COVID-19 patients. The hospital has made an appeal for urgent help to support hospital staff during the COVID-19 crisis.
#SomaliaResponds is a movement for diaspora communities to support COVID-19 response and recovery efforts in Somalia.
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Leaders of diaspora and community organizations from around the world are coming together today to send a clear, unified message of solidarity with those facing xenophobia, discrimination and even violence due to COVID-19.
Migrants and diaspora communities are recognized for their invaluable role in society due to their rich cultural contributions, diverse voices, and their economic contributions to the countries they live in and come from, including philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and innovations. iDiaspora provides a platform to share your voice, to gain knowledge, and to engage with the global community committed to the importance of diaspora.
Diaspora engagement has to potential to become a practice of choice for the public and private sector. We need to narrow the gaps in connectivity, knowledge and opportunity between these sectors to realize this potential. I sense iDiaspora is an important step-change in this journey and is a platform I look forward to seeing flourish.
~ Martin Russel, co-founder of the forthcoming DiasporaLab
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