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Microsoft programmes support efforts for refugee integration across Western Europe

Author: Michel Van de Bel, Microsoft EMEA, Published on: 20 June 2017

"World Refugee Day: many small things make a big difference", 20 Jun 2017

The refugee crisis we are...facing involves the biggest movement of people and displacement of lives since World War Two…We’re putting too many people at risk of unemployment if we don’t find new ways to upskill current generations for the jobs of tomorrow…[W]e] have a number of programmes across Europe that have already been running to support the integration efforts of refugees.  In Germany…we launched a new version of our Schlaumäuse language-learning app, designed to help migrant children learn German quickly and easily…In Italy, Microsoft is working with Fondazione Mondo Digitale...to help refugees develop their digital skills…In Denmark, we recently hosted a comprehensive workshop for over 100 refugees looking to get back on track with their careers…As part of a broader partnership with Mercy Corps, we also provide funding to the International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps in support of their app, Refugee.Info…In Western European countries specifically, we’ve launched a three-year commitment to matching employee donations to eligible NGOs that address the refugee crisis…World Refugee Day is timely reminder for us to do as much as we can, to drive a positive and lasting change.

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