The Human Safety Net’s For Refugees program was launched in France in September 2017. Its ambition is to help people under international protection (asylum or subsidiary protections) redefine their professional goals and, in the event they are interested, provide advice and assistance as they start a new business.
This program leverages from three key observations:
1. In France foreigners, including refugees, face numerous obstacles to professional integration: five years after arrival in France, only one in three foreigners has a job (source: OECD, "Indicators of Immigrant Integration 2015 August 2015”);
2. Refugees are particularly vulnerable due to forced departure from their country of origin and the difficulty they face concerning common law status;
3. Nevertheless, refugees possess real potential for the host society, increasing its cultural wealth and bringing a host of skills and professional experience they have gained prior to arrival