Refugees Iakovos Hatzistavrou/ Stringer

Migration’s Private-Sector Problem-Solvers

International cooperation among governments is necessary to help displaced people, but it is not always sufficient. The private sector is providing critical support for migrants as they travel through legal pathways and integrate into new communities, and its participation may be about to expand.

LONDON – As the Mediterranean migrant crisis has escalated over the past year, the spotlight has been on national governments’ policies, some of which have been generous, others callous. But non-state actors – individuals, nongovernmental organizations, and private companies – have been just as important in responding to the crisis, often literally coming to the rescue of refugees and migrants.

International cooperation among governments is necessary to help displaced people, but it is not always sufficient. The private sector provides critical support for migrants as they travel through legal pathways and integrate into new communities. So, to bolster this support, the Private Sector Forum on Migration and Refugees will be holding a Concordia Summit in New York this month to devise new, practical solutions to migration-related challenges.

Some of the world’s most vulnerable people are bearing the brunt of the international community’s indecisive response to the migrant crisis. Worldwide, only one-tenth of the people who need resettlement have been offered a place to call home, and half of all migrants are hosted in only ten countries. With public concerns about immigration fueling xenophobia and nationalism in the West, some countries are closing their borders.

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