- Original Title: Refugeeswork.at
- Year: 2016
- Award: WSA European Young Innovators
- Category: European Young Innovators
- Producer: Christoph Hauer, Jacob Wagner, Fatima Almukhtar, Lara Kriwan, Dominik Beron
- Organisation: Refugeeswork.at
- Country: Austria
- URL: https://www.facebook.com/refugeeswork.at/
Refugeeswork.at is an online job platform enabling refugees to access the labor market. Refugees can register for free, easily create online profiles, and get information about educational and job offers. Employers search directly for employees or list vacancies, which are matched with prospective refugees. The matching algorithm takes education and professional experience, language competence, place of residence, asylum status, as well as profile quality into consideration. Moreover, Refugeeswork.at provides a wide range of grant or legal information as well as tips regarding culture and religion to ease the process of integration. Online-webinars prepare job-seekers. The one-stop platform addresses the major problems employers face when hiring refugees, namely cultural and religious barriers, faulty expectations and insufficiently prepared candidates. With Refugeeswork.at employers find those best qualified, solve bureaucratic and administrative issues and optimize the integration of refugees into their organizational structures, making it win-win all the way.
“Refugeeswork.at is considered a highly innovative and socially valuable project, which offers future prospects for refugees coming to European countries, employers searching for talented workers as well as the wider European society: This project provides new perspectives for refugees, increases their chances to find work and eventually enables them to make a living and thus contribute to the economic well-being of our European societies. At the same time, employers are given the opportunity to find motivated employees which, not only creates great cultural diversity within the company but also facilitates the positive intercultural exchange of knowledge and ideas.
In today´s society, the refugee movement and in particular the successful integration of refugees is one of the most frequently debated political and economic topics. In this respect, we are confident that Refugeeswork.at will contribute significantly to the general European goal of successfully coping with the integration and inclusion of refugees both into our European societies as well as the European labour market.” – EYA Grand Jury Report