How Can Digital Technology Empower Asia’s Migrants and Refugees?

Tech Salon Bangkok
Bangkok - November 6 - RSVP Now
According to the United Nation’s 2017 International Migration Report, the number of international migrants grew to 258 million people in 2017, with just under a third of those living in Asia.

While many migrants in Southeast Asia move in search of increased economic opportunities in neighboring countries, others are seeking to flee oppressive regimes in search of a better life.
At the same time, UNHCR data shows that the number of refugees globally exceeds 25 million people, including the more than 700,000 Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since 2017.
For many of these individuals, mobile phones and other digital technologies play a critical role in their migration/escape, their journey to their new destination, and their adjustment as they seek to resettle in foreign locations.
Please RSVP now to join us for the next Technology Salon Bangkok where we’ll ask:
  • How can digital technology help migrants and refugees improve their safety and protect their rights?
  • How can humanitarian organizations use technology for better insight into migration flows?
  • What role do digital technologies play in reducing the risk of refugees and migrants as they seek to flee conflict and oppressive regimes in search of safe harbor?
  • What specific considerations do we need to keep in mind to ensure free and equitable access, basic skills, autonomy of use, and meaningful impact of ICTs for migrants and refugees?
Please RSVP now to debate how digital technologies are transforming the lives of migrants and refugees in the Asia-Pacific. Our discussion will be led by:
  • Dr. Juhee Kang, Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society will discuss the status of ICT access and use in North Korea and the roles of mobile phones in the migratory experiences of North Koreans who resettle in South Korea.
  • Sarah Washburn, Director of Community Engagement at Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup will share perspectives from her work on the provision of shelter to survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault, and developing tools and providing content for migrant workers who work on construction projects in the Gulf.
  • Vivianne Van Der Vorst, Project Coordinator, IOM will discuss the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), an important tool being employed now on the Thai-Myanmar border for understanding displacement for better and accountable humanitarian response.
Please RSVP now to join in the discussion. We’ll have hot coffee and breakfast treats for a morning rush, but seating is limited, so please RSVP now. Once we reach our 35-person capacity there will be a waiting list!
Technology for Migrants and Refugees
Technology Salon Bangkok
9 – 11am,
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
Bangkok, Thailand
RSVP is required for attendance


About the Technology Salon

The Technology Salonâ„¢ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
  • technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 35 people - and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged. 

It's also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!
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