Fr. Leonir Chiarello CS, Superior General, Scalabrinian Missionaries, describes the work of the Global Solidarity Fund in supporting religious congregations and the private sector to create a model of job creation for migrants.
With business, philanthropic leaders and the development community, we are promoting increased inclusion of the most vulnerable, starting with offering an alternative to forced migration through job creation and entrepreneurship for migrants. The private sector needs outstanding employees who will help their businesses grow. Catholic congregations have deep links with migrants and refugees seeking a better life. We connect businesses which know workforce needs and opportunities with Catholic congregations which support and train motivated people for good jobs and entrepreneurship. To make these partnerships systemic and scalable, an Innovation Lab fostering collaborative efforts will draw from successful examples and recognized gaps to help deliver technology-based solutions to address context-specific needs and enable migrants and refugees to access labor markets.