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Toronto Star: “From Jordan to Morden: Iraqi family thrilled to be in Manitoba under new program to resettle skilled refugees”
After spending five years in limbo as refugees in Jordan, Abdulghani, his wife and three children could hardly contain their excitement when they arrived in Morden this weekend. “We already feel like home in Morden,”
Miles4Migrants Raising Miles During Pride Month Through United Airlines’ Miles on a Mission Platform
Starting this Pride Month, MileagePlus members can donate miles to support the reunification of refugees and asylum seeking individuals through United’s Miles on a Mission Platform
Grow Ensemble Podcast: “Solving a Global Crisis: Reuniting Displaced Families Worldwide using Donated Airline Miles with Andy Freedman, Co-Founder of Miles4Migrants”
“What’s incredibly valuable about Andy and Miles4Migrants’ story is the power of volunteerism and how it really takes a village. Andy and his two co-founders all currently volunteer their time to manage their organization. All work day jobs and are actively engaged husbands and fathers in addition to running this organization.”
CBS News: “The U.S. continues to separate migrant families. For one father, a miscommunication proved costly”
“He asked me why I left him. He thought and felt — in his heart — that I had left him,” he told CBS News in Spanish. “But I have explained why it happened.”
Forbes: “The Power Of Purpose: How Miles4Migrants Is Reuniting Families Using Your Airline Miles For Good”
“A father’s role is to guide to a better future. Being separated from [my kids] was like taking their home away from them. Our lives were divided. [Reuniting with my kids] was inexplicable joy.” -Sam, West African refugee, granted asylum in the US and flown by #Miles4Migrants to his new home
“I’m so happy to have him here,” Marta said. She had been unable to sleep for months over concern for her son, but on Wednesday morning, Marta was sleeping so soundly she slept through her alarm. “This was the first night I didn’t have to worry about him,” she said.
“Members of a Thai folk music group who feared for their lives because of their fiercely antiestablishment songs are celebrating this week after being admitted to France to seek refugee status.”
“At a Border Patrol holding facility in El Paso, Texas, an agent told a Honduran family that one parent would be sent to Mexico while the other parent and their three children could stay in the United States, according to the family. The agent turned to the couple’s youngest daughter — 3-year-old Sofia, whom they call Sofi — and asked her to make a choice.”
Toronto Star: “GTA ‘Canada is a dreamland’: Syrian refugee thrilled to start job at Kitchener high-tech firm”
“I feel like I’m living in a wonderful dream now and I don’t want anyone to wake me up,” said Hakmi, 26, who last week packed up his life as a refugee and landed in Kitchener as the first skilled immigrant admitted to Canada through Talent Beyond Boundaries, a Washington-based NGO that matches refugees with employers desperate to fill skill shortages.
Newsweek: “Americans’ Donated Airline Miles Have Helped Reunite Hundreds Of Families Separated At The Border…”
“We were separated on May 16, 2018, while crossing to the U.S. My son had just turned 6, and they told me that they were going to separate us because they were applying a zero tolerance immigration policy,” Jorge said. “I was sent back [to Honduras], and they kept our son detained for five months.”
“As the plight of migrants around the world — from those ripped apart by the conflict in Syria to the children separated from their parents by the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance approach on border crossings — has occupied the news, more and more nonprofits have resorted to accepting points and miles as donations, using well-wishers’ loyalty programs to reunite those who haven’t seen their loved ones in years. Among them is Miles4Migrants…”
New York Times: “Millions of Frequent Flier Miles Are Donated to Reunite Families Separated at Border”
Miles4Migrants was started in 2016, but received millions of extra donated miles after a tweet by a law professor in Michigan went viral.
CNN: “People are donating their frequent flyer miles to reunite families separated at the US-Mexico border”
“I am looking at my family right now and it is like I am in a dream, but it is real, I can’t believe it,” one of the families previously reunited by Miles4Migrants, shared this moment.
“We just used some to fly a 3-year-old and his dad, who had been separated at the border, from Michigan (where the son had been taken) to their extended family.”
Business Insider: “People are donating their frequent flyer miles to help reunite separated immigrant families”
A viral tweet has inspired people to donate millions of frequent flyer miles to help reunite immigrant families separated at the US border