I have more questions than answers.
See REPORTS on refugees entering the USA, current through August 2016: http://www.wrapsnet.org/Reports/AdmissionsArrivals/tabid/211/Default.aspx
Do local agencies that help resettle refugees keep databases of their skills? Can BAM-entrepreneurs access and utilize that data?
Understanding HOME CULTURE.
“The classic barrier in Canada is being told you don’t have enough Canadian experience – it means you don’t have the soft skills or cultural understanding to work here.” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/talent/business-owners-turn-to-syrian-refugees-to-fill-job-vacancies/article29819925/
Above quote supports what I said in a previous blog – that there is little cross-cultural education for refugees . . .
. . . While concurrently there is little offered that helps typical Americans engage
other-culture people who are moving into their neighborhoods.
There is a huge difference between obtaining practical skills for living in a place – how to go to the bank, how to ride the bus, where to get medical care, what are the laws – and “cultural commonsense,” which resides invisibly several layers beneath the day-to-day surface. This includes awareness of Americans act individually or boldly, understanding American self-reliance and sense of freedom, knowing how to show respect to whom or not, sensing prejudices and rights, etcetera, etcetera.
What BAM initiatives could specifically help refugees?
Immigrants not refugees
(Refugees have fled here.)
Google-search of “Refugee BAM” produces one item about “business as mission.”
An amazing item!
A Syrian follower of Jesus in Brazil who is thinking BAM: https://refugeeoflove.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/refugee-bam/
Yet this Google-search: No results found for “Glocal Business as mission”.
No devaluing of Christian entrepreneurs who are salt and light every day.
My question is about business start-ups to advance the gospel among new refugees?
Consider this: 6 Ways BAM Can and Should Make a Difference to Refugees and Migrants. Brilliant at http://businessasmission.com/6-ways-refugees-migrants/
How will this work in the USA?
Is there such thing as Glocal BAM?
Refugee Glocal BAM.