By Lorna Solis in World Economic Forum
Could multinational corporations hold the key to solving the world’s refugee crisis? It sounds like an outlandish suggestion. But we urgently need to think outside the box on refugees, as conventional approaches do not appear to be working. I am constantly spending time in refugee camps around the world for my organisation, Blue Rose Compass, and I see little sign either that the situation is improving or that improvement is likely any time soon.
Last month, at a camp in Jordan, I met a succession of bright and highly-educated refugees from Syria: a second-year agronomy student at Damascus University; nurses; engineers; teachers. These are people with talents to share – people who want to be tax-paying citizens, and who would make truly valuable contributions to any society that would have them. However, they cannot make those contributions, for two reasons.