United Way is working with local communities, governments, NGOs and corporate partners to address the long-term needs of the hundreds of thousands of refugees entering Europe and their host communities.
United Way has established a Refugee Crisis Coordination Group with on-the-ground representatives in the UK, France, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Romania and Poland. It is led by our Paris office with support from the US and Canada. We are working closely with a broad cross-section of NGOs, businesses and governments throughout the region.
Our three areas of focus are language acquisition, local cultural awareness and job placement (including entrepreneurship support). We will establish pilot projects in select communities to assist refugees when they first arrive in a new community. Based on the results of these pilots, we will scale up our efforts throughout the region.
We will also work on housing, support for children without families, health care and other issues that will have the greatest impact on every individual and their new communities. We are focused on what’s needed to help Europe’s newest residents – and our communities – be successful in the long-term.
Why United Way
Local United Ways have long supported immigrants in communities around the world, helping ease their integration into new communities.
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