Due to push factors of migration such as predatory capitalism, imperialism, and histories of colonialism, people from various areas of the world are searching for more hospitable environments. With the prevalence of humanitarian crises, forced migration occurs in various patterns: inter-regional, intra-regional and international forced migration. In light of these, migration presents many challenges as well as responsibilities in places receiving and hosting internally displaced people, asylum seekers, and refugees.
Immigration as a phenomenon requires a strong understanding of foreign policy and history. While economic arguments that highlight the contributions of migrants in the places they resettle are important, it is vital to center the human element behind resilient people with a strong desire to survive and thrive regardless of circumstances. Millions of refugees from the Syrian Civil War, over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., and thousands of people fleeing violence from the Northern Triangle of Central America, are just some examples that expose the relevance of working with migrant communities. It is with this in mind that at Consult Catalina, we work towards the adequate and organic representation of migrant narratives and voices that put 21st century realities and a global economy into perspective. We also strive to reform and create systems and policies that effectively and humanly incorporate migrants into the fabric of the hosting society, while also comprehensively strategize in favor of eliminating barriers to education, healthcare, and employment for these demographics.