Diaspora and Social Change

Diaspora knowledge networks — associations of diaspora professionals willing to contribute to the development of their origin countries — are an important mechanism to engage diaspora professionals. Diaspora skills are often embedded within the social and professional environment in the country of residence, where they have access to specific technology, resources, and professional networks that would not be available upon return. Diaspora are important actors in fostering social change through challenging xenophobia, campaigning for better representation at a local and national level, addressing inequalities and discrimination in service provision, combating exploitation. This section is dedicated to highlighting and sharing experiences and best practices in addressing social issues in home and host countries. Here are some guiding questions to foster the dialogue:

  • How can we ensure social protection of migrants?   
  • How can we address inequalities and discrimination?         
  • How have you been fighting xenophobia?     
  • How can we challenge misconceptions of migration?          
  • How can we foster integration?

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