i am a migrant gives voice and puts a human face on the myriad personal stories of migration.
Contained here are tales of extraordinary personal achievement in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds; people leaving their homes in search of a better future.
Often vulnerable and friendless, they rely on the generosity of those they meet along way; they are sometimes children traveling without a guardian or young adults starting anew, learning a new language, a culture and seizing opportunities to achieve their long held dreams.
One in every seven persons on our planet is today a migrant—someone far from his or her home. Be it an overseas laborer, a student, it can be almost anyone. The banker who picks up and leaves London for Hong Kong, or the nomadic herder forced to leave Somalia for Kenya during this era of global climate change.
We aim to counter the misconceptions that categorize migrants as opportunistic and not interested in integration; stereotypes that many are willing to foster.
Support the iamamigrant.org platform by providing compelling stories. Your organization may already have such stories.
In this way, the particular aims of your organization will be supported and you’ll be joining the efforts to correct many misconceptions about migrants. Support for the campaign is growing. Recently the United Nations began encouraging participation in the campaign.
The negative memes about migration that fill our media are usually based on prejudice and misinformation. Yet providing a counter-narrative requires a concerted effort; one in which the people themselves tell their stories, unfiltered and unspun.
How to participate
i am a migrant provides an easy, accessible opportunity to share stories of migrants. These could be people whom you have helped, who are employed by or interact with your organization. Perhaps the person working in the canteen or the Director General is a migrant with a fascinating story.
The campaign can be fully integrated into your Corporate Sustainability activities through which you will be able to help promote social integration and address xenophobic tensions.
i am a migrant supports the UN Global Compact initiative for positive global change through business.
i am a migrant searches for durable solutions resulting in a sustainable and inclusive global economy that benefits companies, people and communities.
Additionally, the campaign contributes directly to the Sustainable Development Goal of creating peaceful and inclusive societies for all.