US-based initiative seeks to link refugees in transit with employers in destination countries

Author: Eric J. Lyman, Al-Fanar Media, Published on: 11 March 2018

"U.S. Group Matches Refugees With Employers", 1 March 2018

...Talent Beyond Boundaries [TBB], a U.S.-based aid group that focuses on the nuts and bolts of helping [refugees]... find work in the developed world...TBB... helps displaced people obtain work visas and tries to match companies with workers who can meet specific needs. TBB also assists with more basic tasks, such as helping candidates hone their interview skills and refine their CVs. “We’ve got more than 10,000 candidates in our database, people we’ve found through social media, word of mouth, even by simply arriving in a village or camp and explaining what we do,” said Nuora Ismail... a strategy manager for TBB in Lebanon... “It’s a long and difficult process,” Ismail said. “We have to convince candidates to trust us, and we have to make sure they’re vetted. Then there are workshops, matching candidates with potential employers, and dealing with governments for work visas. There is preparation before the move and after they arrive"... Success has been limited so far. As of February, the group has found jobs for only three candidates, and none of the three have actually started work. So far, only two countries, Australia and Canada, have said they are willing to consider granting [visas] to TBB candidates. And in the United States, the biggest contributor to TBB’s estimated $800,000-per-year budget, the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, has indicated it will not renew its grant when it expires in September...

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