Over 40 companies have come together in a bid to help 250,000 refugees by giving them access to both jobs and any necessary training. Some of these companies include Amazon, Marriot International, EWL Group, Manpower Group, Adecco, Randstad, Indeed, Microsoft, Generali, and Hilton, among many more. Each business will be helping thousands of refugees get on their feet, with recruitment company Adecco set to hire 50,000 refugees in total. Not only does this give refugees a chance to build a brighter future for themselves, but it will also help with labor shortages in the EU.
During the uplifting announcement at the European Business Summit in Paris, Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and President of the Tent Partnership for Refugees made the following statement: "The moment a refugee gets a job is the moment they stop being a refugee. I’m so proud that the companies stepping up today will help more than 250,000 Ukrainian women and other refugees across Europe stand on their own two feet, giving them a chance to live lives of dignity.”
Of course, there were many other supporting statements, including one from Kelly T. Clements, Deputy High Commissioner of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency: "Tent and its partners have powerfully demonstrated that there is an overwhelming support from businesses, customers and employees towards hiring refugees. Having a job puts refugees on the path to self-reliance, enabling them to support their families. Refugees are innovators, taxpayers, employees, consumers, investors and entrepreneurs."
While this is good news, the ambition doesn't stop there. The organization, Tent, who helped to bring everything together, has their sights set on connecting even more refugees to jobs in the future.