Globalization or Deglobalization?

Globalization is the free flow of trade, people, money, ideas and technology across national borders and regions. Despite its economic benefits, globalization has come under pressure from those who say that some nations jeopardize opportunity for citizens at home with liberalized immigration policies. Can populist outcries result in Deglobalization? In a new Reuters Plus video, Western Union Global Money Transfer President, Odilon Almeida shares his insights on this economic divide. “We pride ourselves in moving much more than money. Western ...

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Connecting Immigrants to Meaningful Employment in the US

The following story, written by freelance writer Anita Hutner, shows how funding from the Western Union Foundation in support of Upwardly Global helped a new immigrant to the US find a job in his chosen field.  According to Upwardly Global, there are about two million skilled immigrants in the US who have permanent residency and the legal right to work, but are unemployed or significantly underemployed. These are professionals – engineers, doctors and others – whose credentials may not be recognized in ...

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Western Union Foundation WU Scholars Out to Change the World

Elizabeth Roscoe, VP/Executive Director, Western Union Foundation Education is essential to overcoming the barriers to financial inclusion around the world. At the Western Union Foundation, our mission is to connect people to the global economy through education that can equip people with the resources and tools they need to better their lives through improved job opportunities and increased earning potential. That was the goal when the Foundation launched our WU Scholars Program last year. The power of education gives ...

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Reasons why you should Travel

By Juan Alvarado, Western Union employee If you’ve read our blog, you know that traveling is important to us. We have insights on where to go in Asia, Central America and many other destinations, but maybe you are not a traveler, perhaps you don’t know what the fuss is about! If that is the case, then this article is for you! Here are the main reasons why I have traveled abroad. Hopefully this article can get you to ...

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Top 10 things to see in Costa Rica

By Catherine Belandres, Western Union employee Most of us study or work hard all year round. You deserve a treat for all your hard work! It’s time for you to relax and enjoy vacation paradise! Go to a country that makes you experience nature at its finest. It’s time for you to break busy city life. Time for you to go to the land of good life and serenity, the land of Costa Rica!  Here are the top 10 ...

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WU Foundation Funds Local Youth Programs with Assist from Denver Nuggets

In a special Denver Nuggets halftime presentation, the Western Union Foundation presented a $20,000 check to the Gold Crown Foundation, as part of its WU Assists promotion. Throughout the 2017-2018 season, the Western Union Foundation pledged to donate $10 for every assist made by a Nuggets player in a home game to the Gold Crown Foundation, which helps young people in our community become creative and confident leaders through enrichment and sports programs. “The Denver Nuggets have demonstrated commitment and teamwork this ...

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Career Development for Women in Compliance

By: Jacqueline Molnar, Chief Compliance Officer Western Union’s Women@WU program has a mandate “to create an action plan to promote women’s success at WU, through recruiting, mentoring, promoting, and measuring progress, while fostering a culture of greater inclusiveness.” That’s how our President and CEO Hikmet Ersek described our change program in his recent comments on International Women’s Day. One of the steps that we’re taking is the Women@WU Women in Leadership Intern program, ...

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Mobile Wallet Gains: Prominence for Remittances

Western Union provides fast and convenient digital capabilities, including the ability to send money transfers into billions of accounts. Becoming a digital leader in the industry requires innovation, listening intently to customers, and knowledge of the latest trends and technology. The money transfer digital space has seen the growth of mobile wallets, expected to hit high double-digit growth in 2020, according to GSMA’s State of the Industry Report. In 2016 alone, there were over 174 million active mobile money accounts in the ...

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Savings, made simple!

By Juan Alvarado, Western Union employee Most people know what’s like to be tight with money, whether because of a low income, or because there are loans to pay, and bills to cover. This magnifies when you have children to take care of. Have you ever asked yourself, where did the money go? The answer may surprise you. The moment you know exactly where each cent went, even if they went to a last minute candy emergency, you’ll ...

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6 ways to Meet New People in a New City as an Expat

By Catherine Belandres, Western Union employee Want to start a new life in different country? Move to a new city, but don’t know how to start? Why don’t we start with meeting new people? Moving to a new country is a mixture of excitement and fear. The beginning is always the hardest. Here are few tips that can help you meet new people! Find your community Before you move, research expat groups from the city or province you’...

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