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12 July 2017

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Displaced Dinners' Founder to Launch Refugee Food Festival
By Hajer Naili in New York

(IOM) United States - Coming together and sharing a meal is the most communal and binding thing in almost every place in the world. New York-based restaurateur Nas Jab, owner of Mazeish Grill on Rivington Street, believes that being able to make a dish and serve it to people is like sharing a bit of themselves and their culture.

In March, Jab, in partnership with Jabber al-Bihani, founder of Komeeda, decided to launch the Displaced Dinners series, a fundraising project in New York to allow newly resettled refugees to cook their favorite meals and share their story with the customers. The dinners served two purposes: offering financial support to the refugees and changing perceptions on refugees.

So far, the Displaced Dinners series have focused on refugee cooks from the Middle East such as Lutfi who left Syria and was resettled from Egypt to the US with the help of IOM. Starting soon, the dinners will invite refugee cooks from South and Central America and Eastern Europe to prepare their favorite dishes and share their stories.

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The phone booth installation “Once Upon a Place” in Times Square examines the immigrant experience, broadly touching on themes of belonging and displacement. Photo: Vincent Tullo for The New York Times

Phone Booths are Back in Times Square. No Quarters Required.

(New York Times) United States - Even amid the cacophony of Times Square, the sounds of telephones ringing every seven to nine minutes are hard to miss, writes Tamara Best. No, it’s not coming from your pocket or your purse, and no, you’re not imagining things.

The source of the calls and of the curiosity of passers-by is three phone booths in Duffy Square, between 45th and 47th Streets. Yes, phone booths: They may be reminiscent of a yesteryear largely confined to the movies, but they are now back for public use.

Well, sort of.

Salvaged from LinkNYC, the city program replacing pay phones with Wi-Fi kiosks, the booths are part of the latest installation from Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance. The project, “Once Upon a Place,” by Aman Mojadidi and on view through September 5, examines the immigrant experience through oral histories presented in the form of phone calls, broadly touching on themes of belonging and displacement.

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Migration in the News

  • Relief Web, Maritime First and Bonsue.tv reported the findings of an IOM study, Measuring Global Migration Potential, 2010-2015, which analyses people’s migration intentions globally for the period 2010–2015.
  • UN News reported that IOM has helped nearly 100,000 migrants return home voluntarily last year, a 41 per cent increase over 2015.
  • Ghana’s Citi FM reported that the Ghana Immigration Service has opened a new border post in Agortime-Afegame in the Volta Region to improve surveillance in fighting cross-border crimes

Trending on the Internet

  • The Economist reported that anti-migration types may suggest that “Europe is full”, but statistics released ahead of World Population Day paint a different picture.
  • Irish Times published an Op-Ed about a new study which shows how media and reporting often reduces migrant experiences to stereotypes.


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