The ties that bind people to the place they call home can take decades or even generations to form. Our language, culture, the stories we’ve heard since we were children, and the people who have known us for years all strengthen our connection to our home and help define who we are.
There are more than 280 million migrants in the world today who have abandoned what they know best to venture out into the unknown. Often, they have left behind the people they love to live as outsiders in a culture they may not understand, facing the challenge each day of communicating in a language that is not their own.
The reasons why they choose to leave the comfort of a familiar environment to risk the unknown are as varied as the places they come from. Some want to give their families a brighter future. Others want to learn and work among the best and the brightest or are reuniting with loved ones. For some, political or economic turmoil leave them no choice but to abandon their home.
Ria is a company made up of migrants, to serve migrants. Many of us have experienced the stress and uncertainty of building a life far from home. We know that providing our customers with a great service starts with listening so we can better understand their needs.
Our customers’ stories are important. In the fall of 2019, we decided to talk to some of them and share what they told us with the rest of the world. The World We Share is a collection of personal stories about our customers, told by our customers: the circumstances that led them to leave home, their dreams, and the realities they face every day as an international migrant.
After a forced stop due to the pandemic, we have re-started the project. We will periodically publish new videos featuring a Ria customer explaining in their own words how their experience of migration has impacted themselves, their families and their communities new and old.
You can see all of the World We Share stories on our blog.
The World We Share: Meet AKM Habibur Rahman
In recent years, Bangladesh has experienced impressive economic growth and an exceptional reduction in poverty. This was in great part made possible by remittances, of which Bangladesh is the eighth largest receiver in the world. The sacrifices made by Bangladeshis who leave their country to work abroad and provide for their families back home are […]
September 16, 2022
The World We Share: Meet Siti Juwita
“I must go through all this to change the lives of my family for the better.” It’s fair to say Siti Juwita is a woman with drive. Today, we bring you the story of one of Malaysia’s most dedicated and determined migrants. We met Siti in the heart of Kuala Lumpur handing out flyers. As […]
September 9, 2022
The World We Share: Meet Mercy
Mercy is a firm believer in that where you were born does not determine where you will end up. Today, we bring you the story of how a young Nigerian woman went from cleaning floors to becoming an HR manager at the Ministry of Justice of the United Kingdom. Mercy’s father passed away when she […]
September 24, 2020