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How can organisations support refugees in the workplace?

  • Blog
  • 13 September 2022

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, many companies have reacted with shock and anger and are looking at ways to support refugees fleeing their home country. How can organisations play a pivotal role with offering job opportunities to those seeking employment?

Understanding skills and qualifications
Unfortunately, skills and qualifications don’t always translate into what’s recognised in the country of operations. The European Commission has created a handy EU Skills Profile Tool which will help with the integration of people arriving from Ukraine. You can find this tool here.

Offering support by moving refugees to neighbouring countries
Many tech companies have entities in North America, Western Europe but also in Eastern Europe and many companies have stepped in and offered their support by moving employees to neighbouring countries such as Poland & Latvia.

What else do you need to bear in mind when moving refugees?
There are many factors to consider, from visa requirements, language and cultural barriers to supporting them when they arrive in a country with finding suitable housing, a sponsor that could help with registering with a bank account, medical practices, national insurance and so on. As part of employing a refugee, career development and training should be offered so they can excel at their career and feel at home in their newly adopted country.

What opportunities can it bring for your organisation?
Many organisations are struggling to fill vacancies and there is an opportunity to offer career options to those in need thus offering support to those in need, whilst fulfilling job roles. Many Ukrainians are skilled and highly educated – 70% of the population has secondary or higher education with the skills focussed on technical and scientific disciplines.

Career Star Group is hosting an online event for HR professionals on how the war has affected organisations and created change in the CEE labour force. The event will take place on the 15th of September at 11:00 – 12:30 CET, you can sign up here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_inrOw2ceTNigEidtoGcy_g

 

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