The #worldis on the move. We are witnessing the largest mass movement of people since World War II, with 65.3 million people #displaced globally as a result of wars, persecution and environmental factors.
In the #ukthere are currently 117,234 refugees, only 3% of the total #refugeeinflux in #europeand only 0.18% of the total UK population. The demographic is predominantly young - 20 to 30 year old men and women, most from #Afghanistan, #Syria, #Iran, #Iraq, #Eritrea, #Libya, #sudanand the #Congo, among many other countries.
For many refugees, arriving at their adoptive country is just the first step. They must then build a life from scratch. In the UK, asylum seekers cannot work until they have been granted asylum status, which is often a long and complex process. #refugeescan be left feeling isolated and struggling to integrate in the communities they joined.
At TimePeace App we see an opportunity to tackle this problem of social #integrationwhile enriching society, by enabling local citizens to meet and exchange skills with asylum seekers and refugees. It’s a chance to meet people from different cultures and places, each with their own unique background, life experiences, talents and passions, exchanging skills based on a time-credit system. Are you an expert drummer who wants to learn how to make the perfect tagine? Or are you an arabic speaker who wants to find a running buddy?
Through empowering asylum seekers and locals alike to meet and share their skills, passions and interests with new people, we can help build stronger relationships at a local level based on a mutual benefit. And as this is an exchange, rather than a paid transaction, newly arrived asylum seekers will be able to participate from day one.
This is much more than just a digital platform - TimePeace App embodies a movement that strives towards an integrated, diverse society.
We each hold the power to decide how we engage and react to the changes in the world today. We can either build walls or we can build bridges!