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Julie Watson

28 December 2020

Matamoros, Mexico

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The Global Response Management is a humanitarian nonprofit led by U.S. military veterans and staffed by U.S. volunteers and "paid asylum seekers who were medical professionals in their homelands" that offers medical h...

The Local

Lorenzo Di Stasi

24 December 2020

Belgium

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Hack your Future Belgium offers free IT training to migrants to help fill the country’s worker shortage in that sector and help newcomers gain skills and find work. Most participants are asylum seekers or refugees and...

The Local

Stephanie Alvarez

22 December 2020

Bremen, Germany

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Queeraspora was founded in Bremen as a safe space for immigrant and refugee LGBTQ+ people to find social and emotional support, as well as access to information. Around twenty people make up the nucleus of the group, ...

The Local

Martina Olivier Foti

22 December 2020

Copenhagen, Denmark

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LGBT Asylum’s trained volunteers have provided emotional support to over 400 LGBT+ asylum applicants, also preparing them for the procedural process, such as the questions they will be asked and how long it will take....

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Kristi Eaton

22 December 2020

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Skilled immigrants are better able to capitalize on their education and work experience with some help. Initiatives in Massachusetts and Oklahoma aim to help immigrants and refugees navigate complicated higher educati...

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Svet Lustig

22 December 2020

Switzerland

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In parts of Switzerland and Sweden, mental health care professionals are working to implement culturally appropriate psychiatry services that better addresses the needs of migrant populations. Although acquiring fundi...

The Local

Nanna Vedel-Hertz

21 December 2020

Lesvos, Greece

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People living in the Kara Tepe refugee camp find creative ways to withstand the oftentimes inhumane conditions. To supplement insufficient food rations, volunteers bake and distribute up to 400 pieces of bread a day w...

The Local

Hannah Lesch

17 December 2020

Hamburg, Germany

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The Wohnbrücke Hamburg project, which translates to “housing bridge,” helps refugees in their search for affordable housing in Hamburg, Germany. The complicated process is made harder due to language and cultural barr...

The Local

Marta Silvia Viganò

15 December 2020

Wales

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In Wales, the African Community Centre which has previously offered culturally competent mental health care services to youth in the African community in the city, has expanded its services to "Black, Asian and minori...

The Local

Anna Fleck

12 December 2020

Berlin, Germany

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The Poetry Project provides a platform for young refugees to create poetry, share their stories, and learn about German culture. The initiative started with weekly meetings for 7 young refugees to workshop poetry abou...

The Local

Michal van der Toorn

11 December 2020

Arnhem, Netherlands

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Rather than import masks from elsewhere, an organization in the Netherlands set up a face-mask factory, and then hired "people with a refugee background to make surgical face masks." According to the project spokesper...

The Local

Fabiola Villamor

10 December 2020

Lesbos, Greece

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The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) provides basic necessities, hot showers, English classes, and social interaction for refugees in Greece. JRS also opened a Women Day Centre which catered specifically to the needs of r...

The Local

Valerie Krall

8 December 2020

Wuppertal, Germany

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Hand in Hand is a German initiative designed to match refugees looking to socialize with locals who are willing to welcome them to their new home. Social events were organized to bring people together based on interes...

The Local

Hyunah Kim

8 December 2020

Nicosia, Cyprus

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The humanitarian organization known as Refugee Support in Nicosia, Cyrpus has been using WhatsApp to provide useful information to refugee populations during the coronavirus pandemic in addition to delivering food to ...

The Local

Léopold Salzenstein

7 December 2020

Sweden

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MatchIT helps prepare skilled immigrants for jobs in fields where Sweden has a shortage of labor. Highly educated immigrants are provided with a 22-week training in programming skills, Swedish language classes, and 10...

The Local

Sofia Cherici

30 November 2020

Italy

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More than 400 social service centers occupy spaces abandoned by the Italian Railway Network. The sites are managed by social stakeholders but, unlike other national assistance centers, they do not require citizenship ...

The Local

María Elorza Saralegui

26 November 2020

Luxembourg

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OH! Oppent Haus connects residents in Luxembourg who want to help recently arrived refugees in need of a temporary place to stay. With overwhelmed asylum centers, refugees had no where to go and relied on the generosi...

The Local

Mar Segura

26 November 2020

Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain

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Women migrating to Spain from Sub-Saharan often fall prey to traffickers of sex workers and forced laborers, but gaps in aid to them exist because most migrants are young men traveling alone. Since 2018, the Ödos Proj...

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Judy Bankman

19 November 2020

Hood River, Oregon, United States

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The Raíces Cooperative Farm in Hood River, Oregon provides Spanish-speaking community members "a place to grow food," learn from one another about farming practices and develop leadership skills. “Through Raíces, I be...

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Michelle Jokisch Polo

1 November 2020

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

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Undocumented parents face unique challenges to pandemic learning. Some don’t speak English or might not have access to Wi-Fi. To help, an activist in Michigan created an in-person learning hub for students of undocume...

Associated Press

Julie Watson

31 October 2020

San Diego, California, United States

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A contact tracing program jointly launched by San Diego State University and San Diego County is helping to combat misinformation and dispel fears for immigrants, refugees, and minorities in San Diego by employing eth...

Montana Free Press

Emily Stifler Wolfe

26 October 2020

West Yellowstone, Montana, United States

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Promotoras de salud is a term that describe lay Latina community members who have been trained to provide health education to community members, and it's a concept that has helped eliminate barriers and improve health...

Texas Observer

Kimberly Meyer

5 October 2020

Texas, United States

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What started as an informal support group in Texas for undocumented workers who had been injured while working, has morphed into a mutual aid organization that helps connect immigrants and those who are uninsured with...

Sahan Journal

Joey Peters

2 September 2020

Minnesota, United States

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To extend aid to the Minnesotans most vulnerable to the coronavirus, state and local health departments, backed by $4 million in state funding and by community groups' on-the-ground help, conducted an extensive campai...

The Guardian

Philip Oltermann

30 August 2020

Germany

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Five years after Germany sparked controversy with a welcoming message to the flood of refugees applying for asylum, more than half of those 1.7 million refugees have work and pay taxes, their youth show strong signs o...

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