Corporates vow 250,000 jobs for Ukrainian war refugees in EU

Representatives of 41 major international companies have collectively announced a commitment to provide training and further employment to 250,000 Ukrainians who left for Europe due to the full-scale war unleashed by Russia, reported the charity organization Tent Partnership for Refugees, which organized the meeting of companies in Paris.

This employment program is the largest commitment ever made to promote the economic integration of refugees, Tent notes.

According to the announced commitments, the hotel brands Hilton, Marriott International, as well as the world leader in the organization of call centers, Teleperformance, will hire 13,680 Ukrainians.

Companies Accenture, Generali and Indeed undertake to train more than 86,000 Ukrainians.

The world's largest recruitment agencies, including Adecco, ManpowerGroup and Randstad, have committed to provide jobs for 152,000 Ukrainians.

Amazon will hire at least 5,000 Ukrainians.

The commitments will bolster company workforces, fill labor gaps, boost the European economy and provide more than €2 billion annually in income for Ukrainians across Europe.

"One year on, far too many refugees remain unemployed, despite our endemic skills shortages, their high levels of education, desire to earn a living, and legal right to work through the Temporary Protection Directive. This unprecedented show of support from businesses across the continent will be critical to enabling tens of thousands of Ukrainians to provide for themselves and their loved ones back in Ukraine," commented Margaritis Schinas, Vice President of the European Commission.

Other brands that have committed to employing Ukrainians include Accenture, Adidas, Blackstone, BP, Duni Group, ESS Group, FCC Medio Ambiente, Hempel, Hyatt, Ipsos, KFC, Kyndryl, L'Oréal Group, Menzies Aviation, Novartis, PepsiCo, Pfizer, QSRP, Starbucks EMEA, Suez, The Body Shop, The Kraft Heinz Company, ISS and others.

On March 20, 2023, the Verkhovna Rada prohibited charging workers for employment abroad.

On June 9, Eurostat showed that almost four million Ukrainians have the status of temporary protection in the EU.

On June 19, Germany decided to turn refugees into skilled workers.