PRESS RELEASE: UNHCR, IOM, Tent Partnership for Refugees, and Indeed launch job fair series in Warsaw and Krakow
- Organisations committed to supporting refugees will connect jobseekers to open positions at 30+ major companies in Poland.
Warsaw, December 6, 2022 — The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Tent Partnership for Refugees (Tent), and Indeed, have joined forces to organise a series of hiring fairs across Poland for job-seekers, including refugees from Ukraine.
The first two job fairs will be held this week in Warsaw on 6th December and in Krakow on 8th December, with the support of local authorities.
While the job fairs are open to all who are seeking employment, they are especially catering for refugees, helping them connect to work opportunities in Poland. While many refugees from Ukraine have found employment, others are still looking for a job. Despite having mid to high levels of education, they face significant barriers to employment, such as language barriers, childcare needs, or transportation issues.
“We are pleased that more and more refugees from Ukraine are finding jobs in Poland — something which the Government of Poland and the private sector have made possible. Together with partner organisations and local authorities we want to reinforce that trend. Having a job is beneficial not only for refugees, but also for hosting communities and — more broadly – for the larger economy,” said Kevin Allen, UNHCR Representative in Poland.
Over 30 major companies with operations in Poland – including Accenture, ISS, Marriott International, and Pfizer will be taking part in the upcoming job fairs. Together, they are looking to fill over 1000 vacancies at a variety of skill levels – from entry level through to managerial positions – across their companies. On site, job-seekers will have an opportunity to meet employers and be interviewed for open positions. They will also be able to meet with human resources experts for advice and attend workshops on topics such as how to draft a good CV. Specialists on career development, labour law, and taxation in Poland will also be present to share their expertise with jobseekers.
“We are thrilled that many major companies have enthusiastically registered for our first job fairs in Poland,” said Paulina Jaworska, Poland Director for the Tent Partnership for Refugees. “With so many refugees from Ukraine currently in Poland, there is an urgent need for the business community to take action to hire this population. We hope that many more companies will join this effort: at Tent, we are convinced that it is good for refugees, good for business and good for society.”
“Working with our partners, we know there is a clear correlation between gainful employment and improved outcomes for refugees,” commented Deepa Somasundari, Senior Director of ESG Strategic Initiatives at Indeed. “Too many job seekers have trouble finding work because of barriers that are built into the hiring process. Our mission is to help all people get jobs and we are committed to using our technology, insights and networks to make sure everyone has access to opportunity.”
Interpretation in Ukrainian, English, Russian, Romani and Sign Language will be available to help facilitate the recruitment process.
o Warsaw: 6th December
Address: Marriott Hotel Al. Jerozolimskie 65/79.
Time: 9 am – 6 pm
o Krakow: 8th December
Address: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Convention Centre, Dąbska 5.
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
About the organisers:
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, protects people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. We work in over 130 countries, protecting millions of people by responding with life-saving support, safeguarding fundamental human rights and helping them build a better future.
The Tent Partnership for Refugees (Tent) mobilises the global business community to improve the lives and livelihoods of more than 36 million refugees who have been forcibly displaced from their home countries. We are a network of over 300 major companies committed to including refugees. Tent believes that companies can most sustainably support refugees by leveraging their core business operations – by engaging refugees as potential employees, entrepreneurs, and consumers.
Indeed, is a global leader in the recruitment industry with more than 300 million unique users on its hiring platform per month to search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies. Indeed is the #1 job site in the world (Comscore, Total Visits, September 2021) and allows job seekers to search millions of jobs in more than 60 countries and 28 languages.
IOM, the International Organization for Migration’s activities focus on helping to ensure that migration is managed in an orderly and humane manner, promoting international cooperation on migration, supporting the search for practical solutions to migrant problems, and providing humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced persons.
For additional information please contact:
In Warsaw, Tarik Argaz, UNHCR Communications Officer: [email protected]
Philip Kyle, Communications Lead for Europe, Tent Partnership for Refugees: [email protected]
Laura Hegarty, Senior Director, Communications (EMEA, Canada and LATAM), Indeed: [email protected]