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SMEs and Refugees

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Global migration has risen steadily over the past two decades, with the UN recording 281 million people living outside their countries of origin in 2020, a 62% increase from 2000 levels. Much of this peripatetic migration has been fostered by globalization and positive economic activity, as people move in search of opportunity and a better life for themselves and their families. However, of particular concern underlying these overall figures is the proportion of migrants who have been forcibly displaced across national borders, fleeing war, violence, and persecution. As reported by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, over…
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Paul Sheehan is the CEO of SEAF, and oversees the investment, advisory, and operations teams globally. With more than 25 years’ experience in financial institutions, he has spent his career in emerging markets investment and advisory, working on the ground in over 30 countries in Asia, Europe, and Africa. Paul, ... Read more

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