Meeting to seek solutions for migrants’ problems

24 de junho de 2016

São Paulo – The challenges, problems, experiences and the potential of refugees and immigrants living in Brazil will be discussed at a meeting on Saturday (25) and Sunday (26) in São Paulo. Dreammakers creatathon: making the dreams of new Brazilians come true, a project from the social action Migraflix and business incubator Impact hub São Paulo with backing from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), will bring together migrants from several countries for a workshop. The event will be modeled after the hackathon concept, whereby computer programmers spend days on end developing codes and software. Here, the goal is to find solutions to the challenges that migrants face.

Refugees and immigrants will discuss their experiences in Brazil, their struggles, their projects, their skills and the adaptation process with an audience of people interested in the subject. After the presentations, groups comprising Brazilians and at least one foreigner each will have to come up with projects to address the problems facing immigrants, help bring their projects to fruition and develop their skills.

On Sunday, the groups will present their work. Selected projects will be worked on with follow-up from supervisors. After that, in August, the best project will win a prize and support from the event’s organizers.

According to Migraflix’s director, Jonathan Berezovsky, Brazilians have a strong interest in refuge and migration as topics and are receptive to them. “Many Brazilians have immigrants in their families, so they identify with the topic and its challenges. However, there’s still a lack of information on the reality and challenges faced by the foreigners that, eventually, are seen as threats. It’s been proven that immigrants contribute to a country’s economy, since they bring knowledge and potential to develop projects”, he said. “The goal of this project is to strengthen and encourage them”, said Berezovsky.

Migraflix is formed by refugees, immigrants and Brazilians. These participants organize workshops in their specialty areas for an audience that is interested in the topic. A Syrian refugee, for instance, teaches how to prepare Syrian typical dishes. Of the sum collected, the majority of it goes to the foreigner, with a small part being used on the website’s running costs. Meanwhile, Impact Hub is a community of entrepreneurs. Impact Hub has offices in several cities throughout the world. Besides the talks, the program will present dishes from the cuisine of several countries and cultural presentations.

Quick facts

Dreammakers creatathon: making the dreams of new Brazilians come true
Saturday (25) and Sunday (26)
From 9 am to 5:30 pm
Impact Hub São Paulo, Rua Bela Cintra, 409, Bela Vista, São Paulo, SP
Ticket: R$ 50,00

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum and Sérgio Kakitani