EU launches science4refugees

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14 oktober 2015 | Brussels has launched a match-making process between refugees and asylum seekers with a scientific background and the world of science in Europe. This should help "refugee-welcoming organisations" in their efforts to live true ‘Willkommenskultur’, as the Germans say.

The ‘science4refugees’ is accessible to refugees and institutions through the EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion portal – a pan-European initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services to researchers for their careers in Europe. Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “The launch of the science4refugees is a very exciting example of how Europe’s scientific community can be truly Open to the World. And also an example of how the European Commission can bring concrete actions to mitigate the ongoing crisis.

True solidarity

“By matching refugees and asylum seekers who have a scientific background with European scientific institutions, the EU will gain a huge diversity of new insight for our research, science and innovation, while taking practical steps in providing meaningful opportunities for a vastly talented, but greatly underprivileged, community. This is just one example of how we can show true solidarity to refugees and asylum seekers in the European Union”.

He immediately got a very positive response from LERU on behalf of a major group of leading researchuniversities. Scientific and academic institutions in favour of the initiative will be awarded the ‘science4refugees’ flag, declaring they are open to employing refugees and asylum seekers.

One single portal

With this initiative the European Commission is helping concentrate under a single portal potential actions aimed at researchers and scientists coming to Europe as refugees and asylum seekers. Interested institutions can now flag their offers – be it positions, internships or training courses – with the ‘science4refugees’ emblem to indicate their interest in hiring asylum seekers.

Key stakeholders and institutions announced public commitment. Refugees and asylum seekers can now upload their CVs on a dedicated EURAXESS page and express their interest for an internship, a job or training. Registration is on a free and voluntary basis. In addition, the portal provides access to a complete range of information on working conditions in Europe for refugees and asylum seekers.

In the longer term, with the support of the EURAXESS Service Centres, schemes on training mentoring, language and integration courses will be added to the ‘science4refugees’ initiative to help refugees settle into their host country of residence.

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