The Nakivale Refugee Settlement is home to more than 94,000 refugees, many of whom experienced trauma before they escaped from conflicts in nearby countries. The camp’s only entrepreneur network, Opportunigee, is now behind new programs using art therapy to help transform the lives of refugees, especially children.
As Venezuela’s economic crisis worsens, almost 7,000 Venezuelan engineers have moved to Argentina during the past two years. But Argentina’s economy is staggering, too, and the job market is fiercely competitive, so where does that leave a trained engineer?
Women are nearly as likely as men to migrate, fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries to seek opportunities abroad. Many of these women don’t set out for Mexico – but a new social program and the success stories of others are making it an attractive destination.
After Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake and with frequent political turmoil there, tens of thousands of Haitians have crossed the border on their island in recent years to the neighboring Dominican Republic. But the Dominican Republic has started to send many of those Haitians back.
When water sources dried up for the village of Samzong, a village in Nepal’s rural Upper Mustang region, residents built 18 new homes in a new village, Namashung. But there’s no road between the two places, so cattle and valuable property remain in Samzong – and so do about half of the members of the village’s families.
Workers from around the world came to Argentina for jobs that would let them send meaningful remittances to family members in their home countries. But Argentina’s peso is rapidly depreciating, and inflation is rising, and now many of these migrant workers are wondering what to do about the plunging values of their remittances and their bank accounts.
Many people in a huge caravan that began in Honduras and is now in southern Mexico say they plan to walk to the U.S. Nearly 2,000 people have chosen along the way to seek asylum in Mexico, but more than 5,000 people continue north.
For hundreds of years, Xochimilco, south of central Mexico City, has been home to an elaborate network of canals and traditional floating crops. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is protected, and building atop the crops is illegal – but laws and designations have been no match for Mexico City’s unstoppable sprawl.
People crossing the southern border of the U.S. face tremendous risks both from immigration authorities and the punishing desert climate, but an effort in southern Mexico aims to make migrants aware of these risks and expand access to asylum applications in Mexico. The effort’s striking results aren’t making headlines – but they’re making a difference.