There are 65.6 million people around the world who have been forced from their homes; 22.5 million of them being refugees. Of these refugees, more than half are children.
“you have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land
no one burns their palms, under trains, beneath carriages
no one spends days and nights in the stomach of a truck
feeding on newspaper unless the miles travelled
means something more than journey.
no one crawls under fences, no one wants to be beaten, pitied
no one chooses refugee camps”
-excerpt from “Home” by Warshan Shire
For our next think-tank, we want to explore how refugee-serving organizations can alter their spaces to: honor the dignity, affirm the identity, and communicate a sense of belonging to refugees who travel to and through them. These spaces include: refugee camps, migration welcome centers, informal settlements, and the actual migration routes themselves.