Martin Luther King Jr. famously said that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The events unfolding in Ukraine remind us that this remains as true today as ever. Zoom out a bit, however, and you can see that the refugee crisis in Ukraine is part of a much wider calamity. Over 100 million people are currently displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, human rights violation or climate change - the highest number on record. The country hosting the highest number of refugees may surprise you. According to the UN it is Turkey, with over four million people.
The ingeus team in Berlin Spandau recently welcomed a delegation from the UN World Programme together with Turkish government and civil society leaders seeking inspiration for a skills and employability pilot they have launched in eastern Turkey to help over 5,000 refugees into work. Reinhard Mader (Business Development Germany), Till Baeckmann (Branch Manager Spandau) and Anton Eckersley (International Relations) talked them through how ingeus Germany has designed and delivered a flexible, voucher-based refugee integration programme that produces consistently high levels of customer satisfaction and strong results.
Anton said “This challenge is not going to go away. Governments all over the world continue to struggle with how to help refugees and their families find work and become part of their local communities. ingeus Germany’s programme shows that the building blocks are out there and that culturally sensitive measures delivered by passionate people really can make a difference”. Elsewhere, the UN and other global bodies are increasingly drawing on APM/Ingeus’ deep pool of global know-how to help shape effective skills and employability measures for marginalised groups in other parts of the world.