After six years of intensive refugee work, the results of the Volkswagen Group’s refugee aid campaign are positive, as the Volkswagen Group announced on World Refugee Day on June 20.
After six years of intensive refugee work, the results of the Volkswagen Group’s refugee aid campaign are positive. With numerous individual measures and programs, activities have reached more than 6,000 refugees, as the Volkswagen Group announced on World Refugee Day on June 20. The Volkswagen Group has provided more than 2,500 refugee women and men with access to the labor market through qualifications and professional integration measures. The Volkswagen Group's financial commitment to refugee aid thus far amounts to more than 7.5 million euros, including around 3.5 million euros as direct donations to organizations and over 4 million euros invested in projects, locations, and more.
The head of the refugee aid group, Dr. Thymian Bussemer, summed up the Volkswagen Group's commitment: “Social responsibility is at the core of our corporate culture. It is with this background that we have been contributing to the emergency aid and integration of refugees since fall 2015. Initially, Volkswagen and its employees focused on emergency aid. Now, the Volkswagen Group sees the greatest need for action in the areas of training ability and professional integration. The first refugee program participants have now graduated successfully. They have been hired by Volkswagen and are contributing to our company.”
Several hundred Volkswagen Group employees have also volunteered to help refugees. The voluntary assistance offered ranges from mentorships to accompanying them when they visit the authorities, and from maritime salvage in the Mediterranean Sea to helping in refugee camps.
The Group’s refugee aid partners with various aid organizations and NGOs, such as UNO-Flüchtlingshilfe national partner of UNHCR, the German Red Cross (DRK), the Maltese Aid Service, as well as regional associations, clubs, and cities (job center, integration department). Joint projects have been set up that facilitate entry-level qualifications for jobs, language courses, school education and integration, study grants, internships, and entering the world of work.
“We unequivocally support the collaboration with the UN Refugee Aid campaign. Together we stand for solidarity #withrefugees”
On World Refugee Day 2021, Volkswagen is supporting the UN Refugee Aid campaign, which calls on German citizens to show solidarity with refugees around the world and take a stand against xenophobia.
“The commitment of our colleagues at Volkswagen AG has always been firmly rooted in various social projects. When we established our refugee aid program six years ago, once again we felt their great willingness to show solidarity. The diverse projects make an important contribution to this day and we unequivocally support the collaboration with the UN Refugee Aid campaign. Together we stand for solidarity #withrefugees”, emphasized Daniela Cavallo, Chairwoman of the Works Council at the Volkswagen Group.
The UN Refugee Aid campaign has set up a website especially for this purpose, where everyone can get involved: www.withrefugees.de (German only)
General information on the refugee situation:
A total of over 80 million people worldwide have fled their home countries. 40% of refugees are below the age of 18. 85% of refugees live in developing countries. 3 out of 4 refugees live in the country neighboring their home country. 77% of the refugees under the mandate of the UNHCR are long-term refugees, i.e. they have been in exile for more than 5 years.