Journeys Project Highlights & Updates

Our August 2021 selection of monthly highlights & updates in case you missed them!


Fletcher Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion: Financial Journeys

This video draws on a case study of Uganda, where refugees move from their early arrival phase to coping long term with economic opportunities and setbacks. The information draws on Fletcher research in Uganda.

Watch more video lectures on the financial journeys of refugees here. 


Migrant & Refugee Stories: Visual Journeys

Could we think of how mobile wallets could be made relevant to refugees’ ability to generate income and improve resilience?

Migrant and refugee journeys don’t begin the moment they leave home. Nor do they end once they arrive in a new place. Their journeys are a give and take between making decisions on the fly and intensive planning, when planning is possible. 

When we hear or read their stories, we may not fully grasp their details or even their essence. The Journeys Project researchers have interviewed hundreds of people who have shared their experiences from what led them to leave their home, how they financed their travels, and what strategies made survival possible. Artwork by our friend and artist, Anne Moses, provides another medium for us to visualize and understand these stories.

Browse all of our Essays and Articles on the Journeys site here.


Learning to Live in Limbo

Tijuana is accustomed to migration. Nevertheless, Tijuana was ill-prepared to host such a massive, sudden influx of migrants, and much less to assume the role of indefinite holding center for migrants traveling to the United States.

Starting in 2018, Central American migrants attempting to enter the United States have encountered a series of obstacles which have forced them to consider a longer stay in Tijuana, a circumstance which presents new and unanticipated challenges. María Teresa Nagel’s essay explores the new realities faced by Central American migrants during the “Remain in Mexico” policy, whose journeys were expected to end in the United States, but who have instead had their own odyssey truncated and paused indefinitely in Tijuana.


Everything Fell Apart, Boom!

“If Colombian men were her fantasy, she was their nightmare. To be accepted, she felt a pressing need to be ‘spectacularly wow.’ She could do this with her personality, she said, but couldn’t physically change who she was.”

A colorful, larger-than-life woman leaves her beloved family in Venezuela to find employment and personal fulfillment in Colombia. Zigzagging from Santa Marta on Colombia’s coast to Bogotá, the country’s capital in the Andes, back to Santa Marta, and eventually to the coastal town of Turbo, Roset juggles friends, work, and lodging. Though she is able to cobble a life together, she is not, as she relays, really living. For that to happen she needs to feel a sense of dignity. Clothes, travel, and meaningful work would contribute to that dignity but for the moment feel out of reach.

Explore all of our published Financial Biographies in Volume I: Financial Biographies of Long Distance Journey here.


The One with Strength, Art by Liyou Kebede

”I remember my first day of going on field research, it was all fear. Not because I was new to everything, but because I was too scared to face people who have been through a lot with memories they don’t even want to recall.”

Artist Liyou Kebede explores different materials to portray emotions. She is known for incorporating screen printing and glue print technique on her big size scrolled canvases. And she uses different ways to present her works for people to engage with their emotions. 

The one with strength.

Follow the maps of more journeys here.


Supporting the Financial Health of Refugees: The Finance in Displacement (FIND) Study in Uganda and Mexico

Refugees who are able to achieve some measure of financial health, they are able to better support not only themselves and their families, but also provide an economic boost to the places where they live.

One of the biggest challenges facing refugees and migrants is navigating the livelihoods and financial landscape of a camp or city after they arrive in a host or transit country. The report focuses on two host countries, Uganda and Mexico, both with large numbers of diverse groups of refugees, many of whom have been displaced for years

Dive deeper into the Journeys Reports here.