Unleashing the talent and potential of next generation migrant leaders

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The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the multifaceted problems of adversity, exclusion, and stigma that migrants and refugees face around the world. Their already vulnerable position in host countries has deteriorated, leaving most of them in unsustainable situations or alarming circumstances. Regional and country-level policies and responses to the current crisis need to include the voice of these communities to adequately address major problems, and to ensure that sustainable actions are taken that allow us to (re)build more just and equitable societies. Next generation migrant leaders are stepping up to the difficult task at hand and are an important part of the solution. It’s crucial that we acknowledge their talent and potential, and support their efforts to create meaningful impact: going beyond a crisis response and towards more resilient societies.