Ding Celebrates International Migrants Day 2019
Today, we mark International Migrants Day 2019. The importance of this day cannot be understated; the migrant community are an incredibly important demographic across the world who have faced historic challenges in recent years.
Digitalisation and globalisation have brought challenges but also substantially increased opportunities for people who have the desire and capacity to migrate to different countries to better their lives. In recent years, political upheaval across the world has fuelled an anti-immigrant sentiment in many countries, which further denotes the importance of marking this significant day.
At Ding, we strongly believe in supporting the lives and economic stability of the estimated 258 million migrants across the world. Of these 258 million, there are an estimated 68 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their home country, according to the World Health Organization.
Many members of the migrant community have had their economic well-being stunted by global infrastructures that are designed in favour of nationals and act as a further barrier to a migrant’s entry into a period of sustained financial stability. Many migrants also face exclusion from traditional financial institutions which further hampers their integration.
Another piece of the puzzle is that migrants seeking a better life have had to leave their families behind in their home country, yet they still have to provide for them. Supporting families financially is a key priority for them – coming far ahead of their own comfort and wellbeing in their new interim home country.
Traditional value transfer structures, often make it quite difficult and expensive for these people to send value back home. With this in mind, we developed Ding, which has become the world’s largest mobile top-up provider enabling expat workers to support their families and friends back home by facilitating the instant transfer of airtime or data top-up to any mobile phone anywhere in the world. Staying connected is a key concern for people on the move.
While the technology that assists migrants is advancing across the world, we believe that facilitating mobile access for migrants and their families – as well as a cost-effective remittance system – are some of the most beneficial tools available to achieve economic independence of any migrant. It also betters the lives of migrants’ families in their native countries and therefore encourages economic growth in less developed parts of the world.
Migration allows people across the world the opportunity to better their lives, improve their living conditions and financial situations, free themselves from oppression and enhance the quality of their families lives. Migrants are the backbone of countless communities across the world, and the multiculturalism they bring with them is a cause to be celebrated. So today, we stand with all migrants around the world.