At present, we are witnessing the largest migration movement ever recorded: an unprecedented 65.6 million people have been displaced from their homes worldwide – and out of the nearly 22.5 million refugees, more than half are younger than 18 years. As mankind faces a growing humanitarian crisis exacerbated by geopolitical conflicts, information technology seeks to promote the well-being of refugees on their way across the continents through better interconnectedness and thereby easier integration into the host society. The crisis can spread all over the globe and affect the entire globe – but one thing is certain: it will not end by itself, but requires solutions that include information and communication technology as well as cross-sectorial cooperation.
The refugee crisis has many faces and its cause in diverse, complex needs. From Venezuelans wanting to escape the worsening socio-economic situation in their country, to Syrians fleeing their war-torn homelands, to Bangladeshi families, the first climate refugees to leave their flooded lands – every continent faces its own crisis , What unites all refugees, however, is the need to integrate into the society of their respective country of refuge and thereby maintain a sense of meaningfulness. Access to the Internet plays a crucial role here. Read more >