Last year about one million refugees arrived in Germany alone, for 2016 the outlook is not really brighter;
wars are still raging and unfortunately the demand for refugee shelter remains high.
The 2015 asylum seekers as such only represent 0.3% of the European and 1.2% of the German population.
However, the question is if it is wise from a European and refugee integration perspective to allow refugees
to exclusively cluster in the richest and most developed areas.
Refival suggest an opposite, radical, approach here. It proposes a synergistic solution for refugees and
European development by revitalizing Europe's countryside. It targets to improve the distribution of economic
resources over Europe via a better spreading of jobs/tasks to deprived areas via Internet; it addresses demographic
and economic inequality and proposes a way to create a sustainable flow between deprived and prosperous zones.
The approach is primarily based on creating flexible employment. This is done by stimulating the transfer of
specific tasks to Internet so that jobs can be moved to people instead of people to jobs. Starting point can be
many services "from refugees for refugees". With currently more than 150 million EU jobs being services related, every percent of tasks that can be packaged
as Internet based jobs means a potential of 1,5 million people to be freely migrated geographically.
When jobs are spread to lower cost/wage rural areas and companies are offered a competitive edge, refugees
face improved employment chances. Compared with the current approach in which likely many relatively well
educated refugees remain long-term dependent on welfare in high-living-cost areas, Refival spends integration
budgets much more efficiently.
Today, Refival has become a technically feasible scenario based on the general availability of advanced Internet
telecommunication. This infrastructure can assist a fresh "brain-injection" of educated people in rural areas to
compensate for the previously experienced "brain-drain".
Such an intellectual revitalization can be followed by expanding less specialized skills requiring types of activities.
It can finally be a catalyst for the return of non-refugees and native inhabitants. This means reversing a long time
migration trend from rural to urban and implies establishing a more proper balance between the two environments.
Of course all this should not be an in any way forced development; it should be a voluntary choice for both refugees
and the receiving rural communities.
Since Refival's "business-model" is based on "better spending of existing refugee budgets" and because there is
time pressure caused by the "crisis perception of refugees coming to Europe, it is not feasible to create a new
organization from scratch at the moment.
Refival is therefore dependent on finding partners with an existing relationship structure; partners who would be
willing to adopt Refival and realize its targets. Refival is currently actively seeking organizations or people who
would be interested in working on implementing Refival with me.
More detailed information is provided to those interested at www.docs.refival.org.
Johannes Cornelis van Nieuwkerk
(Concept Developer & Initiator)