J-WEL migration summit 2023 advances global dialogue on migration

The 2023 migration summit hosted by the MIT Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL)'s MIT Refugee Action Hub (ReACT), Na’amal and Karam Foundation, addressed systemic challenges and opportunities faced by refugee and migrant communities. Welcoming over 2,400 participants from 120 countries, a key focus of the summit was co-creating pathways for learning, livelihood and dignity.

Key discussions revolved around challenges in higher education, workforce development, digital livelihoods, evidence and research. Sessions also highlighted the stereotypes and misconceptions about displaced and migrant populations, stressing their potential to enhance productivity, sociocultural, and economic development in communities. The opening keynote was by Omar Alshogre, a Syrian refugee and human rights advocate. His speech focused on education, trauma and the power of storytelling.

The summit also provided a platform for organisations to share their experiences and build collaborations to support displaced communities. International aid organisations like the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the International Organisation For Migration (IOM) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) were present.

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