The number of people forcefully displaced from their homes is at an all-time high, and many of them who have fled their home countries are unable to work legally to support themselves and their families. Meanwhile, employers around the globe are in need of skilled workers.
Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB) as a pilot launched its digital ‘Talent Catalogue’ in 2016 to collect detailed descriptions of the education level, work experience, language abilities and other talents of the refugee populations in Jordan and Lebanon. In June 2017, more than 8,500 refugees registered. In 2017-18, the goal for the pilot is to place 10-30 refugees in jobs in two or three countries abroad. TBB has a cooperation agreement with the UN Refugee Agency for the pilot project, and is the only group actively working to establish this complementary pathway through labor mobility for refugees. To learn more, visit talentbeyondboundaries.org.
Today, more than 5 million refugees live in the MENA region alone. Many are educated and skilled workers who are not allowed to work legally in countries where they have sought refuge, and must instead rely on humanitarian aid and part-time, menial, illegal labour. Meanwhile, nearly 40% of employers worldwide say they have trouble filling skilled jobs. Experts predict that between 2020 and 2030 labour shortages will create a $10 trillion loss in GDP globally.
Talent Beyond Boundaries project aims to develop safe and legal pathways for refugees to be self-sufficient through global private sector employment. TBB’s approach of fostering the employment of refugees as labour migrants is innovative, practical, and technology-assisted. While labour mobility has been a topic of academic discussion and international workshops, no project other than Talent Beyond Boundaries is actively seeking to develop this pathway for refugees to regain self-reliance through private sector global employment. Through international employment, talented and skilled refugees will be able to provide for themselves and their families, continue to enhance their careers, and gain new skills that are valuable for post-conflict economic recovery. Employers facing skill gaps in their local talent pools will also benefit. Using its digital ‘Talent catalogue’, TBB identifies candidates with valuable skills and connects them to international employers.
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