Published in The New Humanitarian, Flipping the Narrative is an ongoing series that aims to put the voices of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants at the centre of conversations about the policies and events that shape their lives. This second essay looks at how restrictive policies suppress refugees’ economic potential, forcing many into a situation of dependency rather than allowing them to contribute to the societies in which they live.
In the News
Browse the Refugee Investment Network’s press, updates, and features.
Impact Alpha’s Dennis Price discusses the growing field of refugee lens investing and RIN’s latest work in East Africa.
RIN joined panelists at The Smart Communities Coalition’s (SCC) 5th Annual Meeting, where one theme resonated: there is a strong economic case for refugees, who present a large untapped market as productive members of their host communities and would benefit from tailored services, not just humanitarian aid.
John Kluge shares news about his transition, reflections on RIN’s progress over the past four years, and hopes for the road ahead.
The partnership will develop an evidence base to mobilize finance and explore how catalytic capital can advance climate resilience, refugee self-reliance, and social cohesion between those displaced and their hosting communities.
As the US government and private sector accelerate the flow of capital towards migration challenges, impact investment models like the refugee lens are critical to deploying that capital in ways that will boost local economies from the ground-up. RIN spoke to ImpactAlpha about its work in Latin America and trends in investors seeking out migration-focused solutions.
Lever for Change and ICONIQ Impact announced that the Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award, a competition to secure a brighter, more durable future for refugees globally, has successfully raised $24.25 million in funding to distribute to five finalist organizations dedicated to improving the lives of refugees around the world.
The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) announced their global portfolio of partnerships to improve financial services for migrants and their families. These new private sector partners have collectively committed $1.32 million towards migrant-centric product development.
The changes under consideration could far surpass current international practices, experts said—potentially vaulting the United States to global climate leadership after President Trump spent four years dismantling the United States’ capacity for both climate action and refugee resettlement.
The U.S. closed the door to nearly all incoming foreign workers last year. The causes were Covid-19 restrictions that locked global borders and Trump administration policies that drastically reduced work visas, with the exception of farmworkers. The effect was an unexpected experiment in one of the country’s most hotly debated issues—the relationship between the labor market and immigration.
RIN fellow Christine Mahoney is honored by the University of Virginia with a Public Impact-Focused Research Award for her work supporting the rights of displaced people locally, nationally and globally.
2021 is set to be a year of transition — from the rollout of a COVID-19 vaccination to coping with the pandemic’s lingering impacts to a new presidential administration. The Refugee Investment Network is gearing up to expand its mission of inserting a refugee-oriented lens into investments.