The Migration Hub Network creates spaces, where social entrepreneurs and organizations meet to design solutions around mass migration. Our network generates physical impact within communities and connects organizations across Europe. This fosters collaboration between actors in the public and private sector in order to transform the challenges surrounding mass migration into opportunities.
Over the coming months, we will launch a new initiative to expand dialogues within the United States around the world. We will create Portal Buses to travel across the United States, connecting thousands of Americans to one another, from a Native American reservation to a Miami nightclub to a playground in Oklahoma City. We will also connect all of these sites to our global network, which includes refugee and IDP communities abroad.
Our Portal in Amman is hosted by Mercy Corps Jordan, in a site associated with their three-year pilot project funded by Middle East Children’s Institute (MECI) to establish an after school and youth program for children in Al-Salt (a community 1/2 hour outside of Amman). Mercy Corps is committed to long-term programming and community development in Jordan.
Our Berlin Portal is located at Tempelhof Airport, the site of the famous 1948 Berlin Airlift and a longtime host of Berlin’s largest events. In November of 2015, as refugee entry into Germany grew, the hangers in this shuttered airport were converted to a refugee shelter. Currently about 1,000 refugees live here. They fled violence in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and small numbers also fled persecution in Iran and Moldova. More than a quarter of the refugees housed at Tempelhof are children. They reached Germany and have applied for asylum, but are waiting for more permanent accommodations to become available. Our Portal at Tempelhof is located in the THFWelcome Cafe, a volunteer-run coffee shop at Tempelhof that both refugees and the general public can access. In addition to the Portal, the cafe offers legal counseling, live music and films, and seasonal clothing distribution.
Our Erbil_Portal is located at the Harsham IDP & Refugee Camp. Harsham Camp is on the outskirts of the city of Erbil in northern Iraq. The camp hosts 1,500 internally displaced Iraqi families who fled the so-called Islamic State take-over of Mosul and surrounding villages in mid-2014. Erbil is the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan Region, which hosts around 1.5 million internally displaced Iraqis and almost 230,000 Syrian refugees. Our Portal in the camp is based in a converted water pumping station. Through it, a young entrepreneur spoke with President Barack Obama and another with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The Portal is made possible by UNICEF Iraq and Terre de Hommes.