Miles4Migrants Joins Multistakeholder Pledge to Support Refugee Family Reunification

Miles4Migrants is pleased to announce that we have joined the Multistakeholder Pledge on Supporting Refugee Family Reunification. The pledge, launched this week by the Global Family Reunification Network (FRUN), is a global commitment to help at least 1 million refugees reunite with their families by 2030.

Why Family Reunification Matters

Family reunification is not just a right; it is the cornerstone upon which lives are rebuilt and communities are strengthened. It nurtures a sense of belonging, which is essential for refugees to integrate into new societies successfully. Beyond the legal aspect, reuniting families holds the key to enhancing mental and physical well-being, empowering individuals to face the challenges of their new lives with resilience and hope.

However, many refugees face significant barriers to family reunification. These barriers can include restrictive laws and policies, complex and costly procedures, and a lack of access to support services.

Our Pledge: A Promise of Unity

Miles4Migrants has set an ambitious goal at the 2023 Global Refugee Forum: reunite 10,000 individuals in 2024 using air miles, credit card points, travel vouchers, and direct financial assistance.

Miles4Migrants Executive Director Glaydon de Freitas expressed the essence of our mission during the virtual launch of the Multistakeholder Pledge: “By harnessing the power of donated miles and reducing transportation costs, we are crafting hope from despair, making reunions not just a possibility but the forthcoming reaction,” de Freitas said. “We are calling on a global alliance of partners, old and new, to bring their expertise, innovation, and spirituality. We need a holistic approach, one that addresses not just travel but also legal counseling, mental health support, and resettlement assistance.”

The Multistakeholder Pledge: A Roadmap to Reunification

The Multistakeholder Pledge Supporting Refugee Family Reunification is co-convened by the Global Family Reunification Network (FRUN) Advisory Group consisting of UNHCR, IOM, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Red Cross and Red Crescent Family Reunification Working Group (represented by the British Red Cross), the International Rescue Committee (IRC), RefugePoint, the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), Leiden University, and the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP).

We encourage you to learn more about this vital initiative and join us in making a significant impact: Family Reunification Network: 


How Miles4Migrants helps

We collaborate with a network of global non-governmental organization (NGO) partners who work directly with refugees and migrants to identify and verify individuals who are financially unable to afford air travel. Once our partners submit flight requests, we use donated frequent flyer miles, credit card points, travel vouchers, and cash to eliminate transportation barriers for the most vulnerable individuals affected by war, persecution, or climate disaster. Our goal is to help these individuals reunite with their loved ones and start a new life in a safe environment.

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– According to the United Nations, there are currently 108 million individuals forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide.  

– The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that seeking asylum is a fundamental human right. Everyone has the right to life and liberty. Everyone has the right to freedom from fear. Everyone has the right to seek asylum from persecution.

As migration is often the last option for survival, migrants may embark on clandestine journeys, subject to danger, extortion, and inhumane conditions

Once they finally get legal approval for resettlement, migrants face another challenge that makes the journey seem impossible: the transportation costs.

There are many ways for you to get involved and help us continue our work:

You can donate cash to help us cover operational expenses or contribute your unused air miles, credit card points, or travel vouchers to help us book flights for refugees and asylum seekers. Additionally, you can help us spread the word about our cause and our impact on the lives of those we serve.

Every donation, no matter how big or small, has the power to make a difference. Thank you for considering supporting our mission.

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