Mygrants’ Manifesto

We, immigrants, represent more than 3% of the world population.
In the meantime, we generate more than 9% of the global GDP.

Give us the credit we deserve.

Our contribution can be seen in every aspect of our life.
We see it in religion, in politics, in business, in the arts, in education, even in athletics and in entertainment. There is no part of our nation that has not been touched and shaped by our immigrant background.
We got to recognize that the energy we bring to host communities is a key reason why the American economy has been the greatest engine of prosperity and innovation in history.

Give us the credit we deserve.

Our personal stories

can be positive or negative, it’s true.
But you cannot pretend to understand immigration without taking into consideration our personal background.

You know, from the moment we leave our home country, we live in what you call the ‘uncomfortable zone’. When we leave everything that is familiar and choose a journey to an unknown land to make a new life necessarily we need to be equipped with drive, creativity, determination—and just plain guts.

But too often, we are distrusted in the country of arrival by host communities.

Immigration is not only inevitable, but it is also necessary

To devise appropriate policies, civil society and decision-makers need one thing: reliable information; data. Relevant and high-quality data are crucial for designing, implementing, and evaluating policies that can generate substantial economic, social, and humanitarian benefits for both, host countries and immigrants.

Despite widespread consensus on the importance of data to effectively manage immigration, the current availability of relevant and reliable data on immigrants’ skills is still very limited. Even when data is available, it is often not used to its full potential (especially new data that is generated in abundance by digital devices). Civil society and decision-makers need to be convinced of the value that data can offer in general, particularly regarding the updated data on the background and skills of immigrants.

Mygrants shifts the debate

from theory into practice.

Qualifications indicate to employers what people know and are able to do but rarely take into account skills acquired outside formal learning institutions, which therefore risk being underestimated. Identifying and validating such skills is particularly important, especially for the low-skilled, unemployed, or people at risk of unemployment, the people who need to change their career path, and of course, for immigrants.

Validating formal and/or informal skills helps to enhance and capitalize on our experience and talent, identify further training needs and seize opportunities for retraining, while cross-border mobility can help labor markets function properly and provide more opportunities for both, immigrants and local economies.

How?

Mygrants takes its part of the responsibility.

We:

use the power of technology, making lifelong learning available for free to all immigrants

do a preliminary [digital] screening of the skills, background and aspirations, interests of newly arrived immigrants

empower [digitally] all immigrants with a good balance between technical and transversal skills, according to national market shortages

automatically generate and update a [digital] resume for each immigrant, highlighting their achievements, soft/hard/language skills, areas of strength and weaknesses, interests, motivation, perseverance, constancy, potential and much more

analyze collected data to ease the matching between skills identified and career placement available on the market

give access to deserving immigrants with the fundamental tools they need to achieve economic independence: tools such as a bank account