LinkedIn today announced that they are accelerating their pre-existing plans to expand its refugee program to the U.S. to support refugees already residing in this country. They are working with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and this week LinkedIn will start providing financial resources and training to IRC staff to help newly settled refugees more quickly find jobs.
Last year, LinkedIn’s refugee program Welcome Talent was launched with the goal of connecting refugees to internships in Sweden and encouraging employers to post opportunities for refugees on LinkedIn. They partnered with 50 companies and helped roughly 2,000 refugees. Later in October, this refugee program was expanded to Canada in partnership with Canadian nonprofits like Refugee Career Jumpstart Project and COSTI as well as government agencies like Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).