In the Global Refugee Forum, Miles4Migrants Pledges to Reunite 70,000 Refugee Families

Miles4Migrants submitted a pledge to reunite 70,000 forcibly displaced individuals with their families by 2030, starting with an initial target of 10,000 next year. The commitment, announced during the Global Family Reunification Network (FRUN) in Geneva, Switzerland, aligns with the Roadmap 2030 on third-country solutions for refugees and the multistakeholder pledge to reunite at least 1 million refugee families by 2030.

In his speech delivered at the Forum, Miles4Migrants’ Executive Director, Glaydon de Freitas, highlighted the organization’s unique and innovative approach to family reunification, utilizing a multi-currency system that comprises money, frequent flyer miles, credit card points, and travel vouchers. This approach, combined with Miles4Migrants’ expertise in flight booking and partnerships with the world’s largest airlines, allows the organization to purchase airline tickets in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.

“The impact of our collective pledge is nothing short of revolutionary,” said Glaydon de Freitas. “It is a beacon of what humanity can achieve when hearts, minds, and resources converge in solidarity. This is our moment to shape a new narrative, where every family reunion is a triumph of the human spirit.”

The Shapiro Foundation’s Generous Commitment

Miles4Migrants’ longstanding partner, The Shapiro Foundation, through its President, Ed Shapiro, has pledged to fund 500 flights in 2024 as part of the multistakeholder pledge supporting family reunification. Additionally, Shapiro announced his continued support for Miles4Migrants’ operation to achieve its commitment by 2030.

M4M strategies to achieve its goals:

  • Find the most value-efficient flight options across all airlines using airline miles, credit card points, travel vouchers, and cash.
  • Proactively mine resources to transport forcibly displaced migrants.
  • Utilize a database system to track flight bookings and keep valuable data records efficiently.
  • Provide post-booking support to NGO partners with any travel issues that may arise post-booking.
  • Partner with airlines and corporations to utilize the untapped alternative currency of frequent flyer points and miles to make transportation even more affordable.

Click here to read Miles4Migrants’ pledge in full.
To learn more about the family reunification initiative, visit: https://familyunificationnetwork.org
To learn more about the Global Refugee Forum, visit: https://www.unhcr.org/global-refugee-forum-2023

About Miles4Migrants

Miles4Migrants is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing donated frequent flyer miles and points to refugees and displaced persons, facilitating family reunification across the globe. https://miles4migrants.org

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Sandro Petrilli
Head of External Affairs

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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