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Danish brothers and social entrepreneurs David and Christopher Mikkelsen founded Refugees United in 2008 based on a personal experience trying to reconnect a young Afghan refugee with his family. Realising the lack of any global, IT-based infrastructure to help refugees locate missing family, the two brothers set out to change these state of things and built the first-ever global, web-based search tool for refugees. Refugees United was built via an open-source, collaborative approach to building an organisation via partnerships with large corporate players as well as other non-profit organisations such as the Red Cross, UNHCR, Ericsson, SAP, Google, and others.

David and Christopher Mikkelsen are members of the Clinton Global Initiative 2010 and 2011, have been named "New World Heroes - People who deserve a bigger stage in 2009" by Monocle Magazine, nominated as "People of the Year 2009" by DAS Magazin, and have just been nominated as PopTech Fellows 2011.

Blog Entries by David and Christopher Mikkelsen

World Refugee Day 2012

(1) Comments | Posted 20 June 2012 | (00:00)

Today, the world is marking World Refugee Day in honor of the 43 million refugees living across our planet. In honor of the millions of women, men and children who have been forced from their homes and had their future thrust into a state of uncertainty.

In reality, what...

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Helping 100,000 Refugees Find Missing Family

(0) Comments | Posted 3 May 2012 | (00:00)

One hundred thousand. One hundred thousand lives touched. One hundred thousand refugees separated from family members during their escape from conflict.

On 23 April, Refugees United passed a significant milestone in its short history: The one hundredth thousand refugee in search of missing family registered onto our family tracing...

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Refugees United - London Hack Weekend

(0) Comments | Posted 13 April 2012 | (15:24)

The buzz of London swirls around me as I settle in to write this post. I don't get to come here nearly as often as I'd like, and each return finds me swearing greater attendance in this school of wonder.

And I'm double-wondered this time as we're here on...

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A Well Told Story

(0) Comments | Posted 8 March 2012 | (23:00)

While technology takes center stage in the world of Refugees United and our mission to reconnect separated refugee families, it is but an enabler. In order for us to help sometimes illiterate or semi-illiterate refugees navigate our mobile family tracing platforms to find missing loved ones, there's a...

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Bridging the Technical Divide in Refugee Camps

(0) Comments | Posted 17 November 2011 | (22:00)

Young people are the future many say. They aren't, really, anymore than middle aged, old and newborn people are. The future of people lies in the hand of people, and how we engage with and treat each other. What shortcomings the inexperience of a youngster bestows upon the world should...

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Refugees United - Two Brothers' Quest to Connect the Unconnected

(0) Comments | Posted 27 October 2011 | (00:00)

"The future of aid is not a one-way street," WIRED magazine recently quoted me, Christopher, from a speech I delivered at their 2011 conference in London. I could also have spoken about dead-end streets, the streets that have no name, or no streets at all, as is often the case...

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