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In our previous article (Why Immigrants and Diasporas Cannot Easily Return Back Home), we discussed how difficult it is for immigrants and diaspora members to return back home. Today, we will explore some of the strategies DiasporaEngager is taking to help the diaspora and their people to return back home if needed.
DiasporaEngager aims at facilitating dialog and negotiations between the international diasporas and their countries. DiasporaEngager encourages governments affected by brain drain to create new programs to assist their diaspora to return home. Because the diaspora studied in a higher and more advanced system, a kind of positive discrimination (giving them special favors and benefits) needs to be created to distinguish them from their peers who stayed home. DiasporaEngager encourages the creation of a new type of non-profit (Non-Governmental Organization) to facilitate that type of investment. Expatriating immigrants, closing borders, or granting work permits to the so-called illegal immigrants cannot solve this migratory grand challenge.
DiasporaEngager provides an avenue to locate the parties interested in such opportunities and helps them to start the communication or partnership required to define the conditions and context of the return of qualified Diaspora members to their original country. People interested in returning back to their home country as well as the nations and organizations that would like to encourage that move should register an account on www.DiasporaEngager.com. The institutions or organizations in the home country should define the opportunities that they can provide so that the Diaspora can search and match their expectations with what is available in their home country. DiasporaEngager provides the environment to facilitate that dialog and works together with local and international agencies involved in migration, traveling, or development to harness any opportunities that can assist anyone in this transition.
DiasporaEngager works with local businesses to hire diaspora members and to help them return to their home country to work for them. Companies in the diaspora’s host country can hire diaspora members and send them to work for them in their home country. After knowing the diaspora member’s work ethic, businesses in the host country of the diaspora can better trust not just the qualifications they hold, but also the confidence that can be put in them for the best interest of the business. Sometimes, many multinational companies would like to hire or subcontract with other international businesses, but because of a lack of knowing the culture and competency of other organizations abroad, it is more difficult. If the diasporas returning back home can be involved in this kind of international transaction they can be the bridge between the gap.
In the context of DiasporaEngager, the word Diaspora refers to anyone who, for any reason, is living in a country or town that is not his or her place of origin or ancestry or the place s/he calls home. Some people may call them an immigrant, a stranger, or an alien. Some may argue that most individuals can be remotely linked to a country of origin different from their current country of residence, and therefore, most of us are an alien, immigrant, or a Diaspora of somewhere. In the US for instance, except the native Indians, everyone else can be considered an alien or immigrant. Even in that case, the Indians themselves have had to migrate from somewhere before reaching the US.
The longer the duration of the stay of someone in a foreign land, the higher the likelihood that his or her descendants think that they (the descendants) are native of that place that their ancestry moved to long ago. That’s why, because they are not first, second, or third-generation immigrants, many people easily forget that they are a stranger of what they call “our land”, and unfortunately treat the new immigrants like the “bad people” or like “those who are taking our lands or our country”, or like “those who don’t even speak our language well”, or like “those who don’t behave like us”. In reality, those new immigrants (new arrivals) are usually just trying to go through the obligatory survival and integration steps that the ancestors of those who are calling them “strangers” and who think they are native, did long ago.
DiasporaEngager is not a political organization that is trying to advocate for any particular immigration agenda. To make a long story short, regardless of where we are from and where we are living, let’s try to help each other to succeed in this life on this earth. We never know what bad weather will come tomorrow or what may cause us to move in the future. We don’t know what is awaiting our descendants which may choose to move out from where we are today to another place. We don’t even fully understand where we are coming from and what brought our ancestors to where we are today. If you want to join us in our efforts to help diaspora members globally, please register an account on www.DiasporaEngager.com