Press & Recognition

Press & Recognition

We are pleased to share information about our work to the press and general public. Please see contact details below.

Pictured: Samira, Syrian in Lebanon, Engineer

Recognition and awareness of refugee labor mobility continues to grow around the world.

The Global Forum on Migration and Development has asked TBB to take a leadership role in its Business Advisory Group by heading the committee on Innovations for Migrant and Refugee Access to Labor Markets. In addition, TBB and our Policy Advisor Katy Long have received funding from the World Bank to prepare a concept paper on establishing a revolving loan fund to facilitate labor migration for refugees.

TBB has also been invited to speak at events organized by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Concordia Summit, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), the Center for Global Development (CGD), the US Chamber of Commerce, the Global Philanthropy Forum, the Advancing Good Governance in International Development Seminar at Oxford University, and the International Metropolis Conference.

A number of media outlets have covered our work, including:

Financial Review

Meet the refugee helping to fill the IT skills gap
Sally Patten | Oct 28, 2019 | Financial Review

Sydney Morning Herald / Age The Age

How a philanthropist gave a new life to a man without a country
Tim Elliott | October 12, 2019 | The Sydney Morning Herald / The Age

UNHCR Canada

Syrian chef savours new role in Paramount kitchen
Lauren La Rose | Sep 6, 2019 | UNHCR Magazine

Toronto Sun

Paramount Fine Foods welcomes new chef from Syria
Rita DeMontis | July 31, 2019 | Toronto Sun

Ottawa Citizen

Hussen says he wants Canada to accept more refugees as economic immigrants
Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press | Jun 20, 2019 | Ottawa Citizen


Why The Private Sector Must Help Refugees
Mursal Hedayat | June 20, 2019 | Forbes

Financial Times

Why cities and national governments clash over migration
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson | June 4, 2019 | Financial Times


Matching High-Skill Refugees with High-Potential Work
Caroline Houck | Overture Global Magazine

Financial Post

Innovation Nation: In the cutthroat race for talent, humanitarian hiring offers an edge
Heather Segal and Veronica Wilson | April 2, 2019 | Financial Post


Solving the global skill shortage the smart way
Andrew Walsh | February 6, 2019 | LinkedIn

The Christian Science Monitor

In global refugee flow, Canada finds a surprising solution to a labor shortage
Sara Miller Llana | November 16, 2018 | The Christian Science Monitor

Toronto Star

Pilot project aims to bring refugees to Canada as skilled workers
Nicholas Keung | October 12, 2018 | The Toronto Star


Why Canada will lead the charge on the UN’s global refugee plan
Ahmed Hussen, Marie-Claude Bibeau, and Jean-Nicolas Beuze | 24 September 2018 | Maclean's

Conscious Company Media

Refugees and Migrants are the Future Global Workforce
Thane Kreiner | 5 September 2018 | Conscious Company Media

Government of Canada

Minister Hussen wraps up trip to Uganda and Tanzania
Government of Canada Press Release | 8 August 2018 | Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Forced Migration

Towards greater visibility and recruitment of skilled refugees
Leah Nichles and Sayre Nyce | June 2018 | Forced Migration Review


U.S. Group Matches Refugees With Employers
Eric J Lyman | March 1, 2018 | Al-Fanar Media

Philanthropy Age

A Working Solution: Refugees Can Boost Economies
Jessica Holland | September 25, 2017 | Philanthropy Age

Refugees Deeply

The Real Economic Cost of Accepting Refugees
Michael Clemens | August 8, 2017 | Refugees Deeply

The Daily Star

NGO Helps Refugees Find Work Abroad
Victoria Yan and Timour Azharil | November 29, 2016 | The Daily Star Lebanon

Migration Policy Institute

Protection through Migration: Opening Labor and Study Migration Channels to Refugees
Katy Long and Sarah Rosengaertner | October 2016 | Migration Policy Institute


International Employment: An Alternative Pathway for Refugees
Sayre Nyce | September 18th, 2016 | Huffington Post Blog. Also featured in Devex and Johns Hopkins SAIS Perspectives Publication.

Forced Migration

Labour mobility as part of the solution
Sayre Nyce, Mary Louise Cohen, and Bruce Cohen | May 2016 | Forced Migration Review

Migration Policy Institute

No Way Out? Making Additional Migration Channels Work for Refugees
Elizabeth Collett, Paul Clewett, and Susan Fratzke | March, 2016 | Migration Policy Institute

Hire Immigrants

Talent Has No Boundaries: Private Sector Looks to Syrian Refugees for Labour Market Needs
Sayre Nyce, Abigial Fulton, Devon Franklin | January 24th, 2016 | Hire Immigrants

Center for Global Development

What the EC’s 17-Point Refugee Action Plan Ignores
Hannah Postel, Matt Juden, and Owen Barder | October 30, 2015 | Center For Global Development

We have taken part in a number of events, presentations and conferences, including:

  • Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative event hosted by Open Societies Foundation, New York | April 10, 2018
  • Columbia Global Centers and Durable Solutions Platform Seminar on Improving Refugee Access to Resettlement and Complementary Pathways, Amman | March 7, 2018
  • Moroccan Ministry of Labor and Arab Labor Organization Workshop on Migration and Development, Rabat | December 6-8, 2017
  • Stocktaking and Negotiations on the Global Compact on Migration, Puerto Vallarta, New York | December 2017 - April 2018
  • Kaldor Centre Stocktaking Conference on The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration, Sydney | November 24, 2017
  • Migration Policy Institute conference on Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion, Brussels | November 16-17, 2017
  • UNHCR Thematic Discussion on Measures to be Taken in the Pursuit of Durable Solutions, Geneva | November 14, 2017
  • Metropolis Conference, The Hague | September 19-22, 2017
  • Center for Global Development, Washington DC | August 24, 2017
  • Global Forum on Migration and Development, Berlin | June 27-29, 2017
  • United Nations NGO Consultations, Geneva | June 12, 2017
  • Skoll Foundation Panel, Oxford | June 8-9, 2017
  • UNHCR - Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Event on Employing Refugees, Ottawa | May 30, 2017
  • Overseas Development Institute, London | May 11, 2017
  • Conference Board of Canada Immigration Summit, Ottawa | May 9-10, 2017
  • Harvard Arab Conference, Amman | March 11, 2017
  • UN Department of Economic and Social Affair 15th Coordination Meeting on International Migration, New York | February 16-17, 2017
  • Leaders’ Summit Follow Up Meeting at U.S. State Department, Washington DC | January 19, 2017
  • Concordia Summit, New York | September 20, 2016
  • United Nations Summit, New York | September 13-20, 2016
  • World Bank Global Forum for Youth in Development, Washington DC | June 25, 2016
  • Business Mechanism of Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD), Geneva | April 17-24, 2016
  • High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges, Geneva | December 16-17, 2015

For media inquiries, please contact Madeline Holland, Project and Outreach Manager, at [email protected]