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Brannavy Jeyasundaram

4 June 2021

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Toronto’s Vaccine Engagement Teams Grant has awarded $5.5 million to community organizations in 140 neighborhoods to hire and train local ambassadors for vaccine outreach. Because the ambassadors share a lived experie...

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Furqan Mohamed

13 May 2021

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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The Neighbourhood Organization has helped organized pop-up clinics to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, including a culturally inclusive pop-up clinic in Thorncliffe Park, which has a large Muslim population. The vacci...

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Anne Grietje Franssen

29 April 2021

Malmö, Sweden

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When drug-gang violence reached intolerable levels in Malmö in 2017, Swedish crime prevention officials traveled to New York for tips. There they learned about a gang violence intervention strategy in which gang membe...

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Lucía Blanco Gracia

12 January 2021

Barcelona, Spain

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Known locally as manteros, street vendors in Barcelona, Spain, organized and created a union called Diomcoop. The union offers full-time contracts to the vendors, which are difficult to obtain, and which allows them t...

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Snigdha Bansal

11 January 2021

Copenhagen, Denmark

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A Danish trade union has integrated migrant construction workers by overcoming language and cultural barriers. The move has led to better working conditions, equal pay, healthcare, and housing for migrant workers - al...

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Tanushree Basuroy

7 January 2021

Germany

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When the coronavirus pandemic caused Germany to enter a period of lockdown, German authorities embarked on an effort to launch multilingual campaigns to make sure asylum seekers in the country had the information nece...

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Kitti Palmai

29 December 2020

Czech Republic

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Migrants and native Czechs are breaking bread together in an initiative designed to promote tolerance. Next Door Family connects locals with migrants who seek a sense of belonging and security in their new homes. Over...

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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...

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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, ...

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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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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...

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Nanna Vedel-Hertz

21 December 2020

Greece

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A photo essay captures the resiliency of refugees in the infamously derelict camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. The residents of the camp have worked together to provide alternate meals, classes, and activities even ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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Louise Rasmussen

30 November 2020

United Kingdom

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Student Circus is an online platform which is demystifying the job application process for international students in the United Kindgom. The website was started by two international students who were having a hard tim...

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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 ...

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Laís Martins

27 November 2020

Utrecht, Netherlands

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To help students and others internationals who are living in the Netherlands during the coronavirus pandemic, a Facebook group was formed that translates news reports into English. Although messaging from the governme...

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Dimitra Karapanagiotou

26 November 2020

Greece

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Generation 2.0 empowers migrant job-seekers through career counseling, resume help, and interview prep. Additionally, it provides diversity workshops for employers who are unfamiliar with the bureaucratic aspects of h...

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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...

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