Entrepreneurship for Integration - entrepreneurial support for refugees

Published on: Jan 30, 2020Social Entrepreneurship
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Entrepreneurship for Integration - entrepreneurial support for refugees

Entrepreneurship for Integration - entrepreneurial support for refugees

Through our business activities, we entrepreneurs have an influence on the living and working conditions of our employees, on customers, the environment and the economic environment. It is gratifying to see that numerous companies are now involved in refugee aid by making product and material donations available and giving employees time for voluntary work. The step to create jobs for refugees in his company is particularly helpful. How does integration into the labor market succeed? One of certainly many answers to this is social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurs are entrepreneurs who combine social responsibility with entrepreneurship. We would like to present some of these companies today.


The non-profit organization jobs4refugees was founded in Berlin in 2015 with the mission of giving refugees easier access to the labor market. Through workshops and application training, they try to give refugees an understanding of the formal application process and at the same time to bridge cultural hurdles.

social bee

Similar to jobs4refugee , social bee also aims to make it possible for refugees and migrants to integrate into the labor market and society. They work with the model of temporary work and hire disadvantaged people who, through temporary work, fill a wide range of positions in different companies - and not for short-term assignments. They should last at least a year, because the long-term goal is for the employee to be taken on afterwards.

Refugee Sponsors Syria

In March 2015, the Syria Refugee Sponsors Association developed into a previously little-known niche of refugee aid. Some federal states still allow family reunification for Syrians as long as a "commitment provider" bears their livelihood, ie the public sector incurs practically no costs. This obligation to pay for subsistence has been limited to five years since August 2016 and applies regardless of whether asylum has been successfully applied for. The association tries to reduce the resulting financial risk by distributing it among as many people as possible and thus saving the largest possible number of people from their misery.

Diversity Charter

The Diversity Charter is an employer initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions. Since 2006, the initiative has been pursuing the goal of promoting the recognition, appreciation and inclusion of diversity in the world of work in Germany. Organizations should create a working environment that is free of prejudice. All employees should be treated with respect, regardless of gender, gender identity, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity.

arrival. Perspective Germany

The " Ankommer. Perspektive Deutschland " scholarship program is aimed at prospective startups and social-entrepreneurial initiatives who want to further develop their concept with the support of an interdisciplinary team of experts and convert it into a viable entrepreneurial solution. The focus is on the development and implementation of innovative models that can be transferred throughout Germany and make a lasting contribution to securing social and economic participation for refugees in Germany, for example through access to education and the creation of training positions and jobs.

Header image: © Sammy Theurer | Entrepreneurship Summit 2019

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