Danish PM fixing traineeships for refugees in IKEA and Dansk Supermarked – The Post

Danish PM fixing traineeships for refugees in IKEA and Dansk Supermarked

ISS facility services, Bella Center and the construction company NCC have also agreed to offer apprenticeships to asylum-seekers

Dansk Supermarked is among the first companies to offer trainieeships to refugees coming to Denmark (photo: iStock)
September 25th, 2015 10:00 pm| by Lucie Rychla
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The prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, has signed agreements with five of Denmark’s largest companies to provide traineeships to refugees coming to the country.

IKEA, Dansk Supermarked, ISS Danmark, Bella Centre and NCC are among the first companies to offer practical internships to asylum-seekers, and others are planning to follow.

Something meaningful to do
According to Løkke, refugees should have something meaningful to do and eventually be able to support themselves.

On Thursday, the prime minister hosted a ‘civil society summit’ at his official residence, Marienborg, where he signed the first partnership agreements with Danish business representatives.

Løkke is urging more companies to join the initiative, with more details available on the Employment Ministry website.

Offer a shelter to refugees
In a separate development, a Dutch startup inspired by the Finish prime minister, who wanted to give up his home to refugees, has launched a European online platform, ShelterAnywhere.org, to find housing for refugees.

Everyone can register on the platform – even if they are just offering a small room, a summerhouse or a sofa – to help to resolve the current refugee crisis.

READ MORE: A place … in history: Easing the refugee crisis by opening up their homes