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ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) is committed to empowering refugees across the globe, helping them develop their skills, and connecting them with employment. “Men, women, and children who are forced to flee their homes are among the most vulnerable people in the world. Once they find safety, refugees face another challenge – starting a new life,” said Jeffrey A. Joerres, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO.
ManpowerGroup is involved in programmes around the world to foster self-reliance among refugees and help them find meaningful work. With help from ManpowerGroup and its company Manpower Telge Jobbstart (MTJ), more than 700 Iraqi refugees have found work in Sweden. The effort initially began in the town of Sodertalje, where participants spent 18 months studying Swedish culture and received assistance to find work. More than 60% eventually moved from welfare to work.
Since 2007, ManpowerGroup Argentina's ‘Without Borders’ programme has provided training and guidance to hundreds of refugees from Senegal, the Ivory Coast, and Colombia. In tandem with local United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) partners, Migrants and Refugees in Argentina and the Argentinian Catholic Commission for Migrants, the programme hosts workshops on job training and the local labour market. It also offers seminars to improve refugees' employability skills, resumes and interviewing techniques.
More than 550 refugees have participated in the workshops, and, to date, 85 have found work in positions ranging from hospitality and IT, to sales and call centre representatives.
“Work is a critical component of the successful integration of refugees into their new surroundings, and ManpowerGroup provides people from all walks of like with the skills and connection to employment opportunities that help them earn sustainable livelihoods,” added Mr Joerres.