Description/achievement of initiative
The objective of this initiative is to develop the first ever Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence platform in the field of international migration. Migranet is establishing a one-stop solution for migrants and accredited migration practitioners by automating the processing of migration applications. It assists refugees with their skills assessment, so that they can be integrated into their host countries post-selection subject to existing national legislation and regulations. The platform will facilitate a fraud-free, corruption-free, and affordable means to migrating and/or traveling in a transparent and secure manner. This will improve speed, fairness, accuracy and accountability throughout the global migration system.
Migranet is developing its platform through the use of innovative Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain technologies, to an extent never tested before in the field of international migration. Artificial Intelligence will offer legal migrants with the freedom to select their host country based on the outcome of the professional credentials and their background declaration. Blockchain will enable migrants to use the Migranet platform to upload their professional credentials and background declaration during the application stage, prior to their professional assessment. Their credentials and background declaration will then be stored on the blockchain. The built-in smart contracts will also provide protection to migrants from fraud, malpractice, and misrepresentation. The Migranet platform will partner with accredited migration practitioners for cases and areas in which AI is not able to assist. Migranet will also auto-update regulations, policies and case laws in order to assist migrants and the accredited migration practitioners in the application process. By introducing a unified token, the Migranet Platform further addresses the payment issues that migrants and migration practitioners encounter globally. These issues include migrants who do not have access to credit cards, high conversion rates, delays in the transfer of funds and high banking fees. Since launching one year ago, and with the support of several external technology experts and companies, Migranet has already made considerable progress in the development of a range of tools that are due to due to feed into the platform. This includes the creation of initial AI prototypes and establishment of the MIG token. The final platform, after several testing phases, will be launched in 2021
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Because Migranet is the first ever global Blockchain and AI platform in the field of international migration, it will contribute to considerable capacity building in the field of IT-assisted processes in this policy area. In this respect, subject to approval of this application, a Migranet representative will participate in all future meetings of the SDGs Partnerships Platform, where progress and lessons learned will be shared with all participants and other stakeholders. The issue of technology transfer might prove more delicate, in that Migranet is a private company that is currently developing all its technological processes and products through in-house investments and company ownership arrangements. This is therefore an issue that would need to be discussed and clarified with the SDGs Partnerships Platform in due course.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
Migranet is a private company that is currently governed by an executive team and advisory board of close to 30 people (https://migranet.io/#team). They combine over 300 years of leadership experience in international migration and refugee policy, technology start-ups and Blockchain and AI development. In particular, Migranet’s senior management team includes global immigration, staffing, relocation, business and legal experts. Once a prototype of the blockchain and AI platform is established, Migranet will also partner with selected law firms around the world to help process application cases and intervene in any other situation where legal inputs are required. Furthermore, since Migranet’s mission is to optimize immigration-related processes through the use of Artificial Intelligence, Biometrics and Blockchain technology, it has recently established the first ever ‘migration token’ – i.e. the MIG token. Migranet believes that offering a utility token for migration services will provide unbanked migrants (and other applicants) full transparency and fairness for all services provided on the platform. MIG aims to become a unified token for international migration services and will be transferable between parties as legal tender, and convertible to fiat currencies or other tokens. Migranet's goal is to establish 75 offices worldwide, to assist migrants with applications and fiat currency to MIG token conversion in online customer services. Initially, Migranet will start with one office in each region.
EU Chamber of commerce
Alem das Fronteiras (Without Borders)