Private Sector Cooperation on Refugees

There are 21 million people in the world today who have crossed international borders in search of refuge. Along with the people displaced within their own countries, they are some of the more than 65 million people who make up the greatest movement of people since the Second World War. For years, the U.S. private sector has drawn on its unique expertise, resources and entrepreneurial spirit to help refugees rebuild their lives and contribute to their new communities. But more must be done to respond to a crisis of this scale.

We are currently engaging with the Tent Partnership for Refugees to inspire the private sector to get involved and help end human displacement everywhere.

Connect with the Tent Partnership for Refugees for more information on how your company or organization can join the Partnership.

Private sector organizations can make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of refugees in a number of ways, including:

1. Facilitating refugee children and young adults’ education by ensuring that refugee students can go to school—in all grades and levels—and creating quality long-distance learning platforms and programs.

2. Helping refugees enter the workforce by providing, or helping refugees obtain, vocational training and language skills, and developing tools to match refugees’ skills with existing employment opportunities.

3. Providing, or helping refugees obtain, technical assistance and seed funding so that they can start new businesses.

4. Promoting refugee employment by hiring refugees, procuring goods and services from businesses that hire refugees, making investments in “frontline” states that will generate jobs for both refugees and local communities, or help place refugees in jobs.

5. Helping refugees stay connected, including via wireless services in refugee camps and by ensuring continuity of mobile services across borders.

6. Ensuring that refugees receive financial services, notwithstanding their lack of a permanent residence.

7. Providing or facilitating refugees’ access to quality, affordable housing.

8. Helping governments take new or additional steps to support refugees, by expanding refugee resettlement programs or adopting policies allowing refugees to work and refugee children to attend school.