Helping refugees get into the labor market

Inside Novo Nordisk (Photo: Pamela Juhl)
Public Affairs Officer, Daniel Ernst delivers remarks at the event. Photo: Pamela Juhl

At the U.S. Embassy we want to help find sustainable solutions for the integration of refugees. This of course helps refugees but it also helps the surrounding society and the companies that the refugees work for. It is at the core of American values that diversity in society and in the workplace benefits everybody. That is why we have joined forces with AmCham Denmark (The American Chamber of Commerce in Denmark) and the Danish labor market NGO Foreningen Nydansker. Our common aim is to encourage companies in Denmark to sponsor refugee mentoring programs at their company locations.

Refugees and Mentors

The initiative known as the Refugee Mentoring- and Internship Program (PDF 4.8MB) focuses on the integration of highly educated refugees into the Danish labor market by introducing them to mentors from the corporate world.

On April 25 we co-hosted a workshop- and networking reception for representatives from the corporate world at Novo Nordisk. We had asked Jean Hedayat from LinkedIn Stockholm to be the main speaker at the event. He presented the #welcometalent program, a prime example of how networking, social media, and a company vision can successfully come together to integrate the talents that refugees bring into the labor market.

We hope that the participants at the event came away with ideas and inspiration to hire and mentor highly educated refugees, helping them better integrate into and contribute to society.

All photos: Pamela Juhl