As of 2015, 65.6 million people have been displaced from their homes.
That’s 1 out of every 113 people globally, nearly equal to the population of France.
This nation-sized population will continue to grow. Decreasing it would require integrating people into host countries and confronting the issues that create displacement, such as climate change, economic disparity, and regional conflicts.
Economic support from host countries and fluctuating international aid are not long-term solutions.
Of these 65.3 million, about 30 million are of working age (PDF). Most are living in dense refugee camps, some as large as cities, but people are unable to work due to their legal status. Even if they are able to work, finding opportunities is next to impossible and often exploitative. We aim to change this.
Intracountry believes this 30 million strong workforce can be integrated into local and global economies through a process that is systematic, repeatable, and scalable. Our on-site work in fluid situations allows us to develop a playbook, which serves as a guideline for creating hyperlocal solutions. We hope this independent approach will reduce, and ultimately eliminate, top-down dependency on host nations and international aid.
In the summer of 2017, Intracountry started the Mytilene Project on Lesvos, Greece. Through education, the project prepares disadvantaged locals and refugees for employment in digital work, alongside BPO companies.