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Commission launches initiative to help refugee scientists and researchers

Brussels, 05 October 2015

The European Commission has launched today the ‘science4refugees’ initiative for asylum-seeking and refugee scientists and researchers. This measure will enable a match-making process between refugees and asylum seekers with a scientific background and the scientific institutions that voluntarily declare themselves as "refugee-welcoming organisations".

‘science4refugees’ is accessible to refugees and institutions through the EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion portal – a pan-European initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services to researchers wishing to pursue their research careers in Europe or stay connected to it.

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "The launch of the science4refugees is a very exciting example of how Europe's scientific community can be truly Open to the World. And also an example of how the European Commission can bring concrete actions to mitigate the ongoing crisis. By matching refugees and asylum seekers who have a scientific background with European scientific institutions, the EU will gain a huge diversity of new insight for our research, science and innovation, while taking practical steps in providing meaningful opportunities for a vastly talented, but greatly underprivileged, community. This is just one example of how we can show true solidarity to refugees and asylum seekers in the European Union".

Background on the ‘science4refugees’ initiative

With this initiative the European Commission is helping concentrate under a single portal potential actions aimed at researchers and scientists coming to Europe as refugees and asylum seekers. Interested institutions can now flag their offers – be it positions, internships or training courses – with the ‘science4refugees’ emblem to indicate their interest in hiring asylum seekers. Key stakeholders and institutions, such as the League of European Research Universities (LERU), will announce today public commitment to this action. Refugees and asylum seekers, on the other hand, can upload their CVs on a dedicated EURAXESS page and express their interest for an internship, a job or training. Registration is on a free and voluntary basis. In addition, the portal provides access to a complete range of information on working conditions in Europe for refugees and asylum seekers.

Scientific and academic institutions in favour of the initiative will be awarded the ‘science4refugees’ flag, declaring they are open to employing refugees and asylum seekers.

In the longer term, with the support of the EURAXESS Service Centres, schemes on training mentoring, language and integration courses will be added to the ‘science4refugees’ initiative to help refugees settle into their host country of residence.

About EURAXESS

EURAXESS is a European Research Area (ERA) initiative, providing European and non-European researchers with all the information and support services they need to follow an international research career - within Europe and further afield. Considering the size of this pan-European initiative that brings together 250 centres in 40 European countries, there is a guarantee of an efficient uptake at a large European scale.

For further information

  • EURAXESS On Tour - A pan-European information campaign helping researchers to find career advice and work. The tour will visit 34 European cities in 16 countries www.facebook.com/EURAXESS.OnTour

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