UN agencies in Copenhagen to offer training placements to refugees

Refugees need help gaining a foothold on the Danish labour market, believes the International Organization for Migration

Frederiksberg Municipality and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are launching a training program for young refugees that will enable them to apply for a three-month internship at one of the UN agencies in Copenhagen.

“Many of the refugees received by Frederiksberg Municipality are young and resourceful – often with a higher education,” said Gosia Andresen from IOM.

“A lack of Danish skills can be a barrier to finding a job, but for the internationally-profiled UN City, these people can become valuable assets when working for the various organisations.”

Essential for integration
The UN City in Copenhagen houses 10 different UN agencies and some of them have already indicated interest in offering training placements to refugees.

“By supporting young refugees in Denmark, we are not only creating a new genuine approach towards these young individuals, but also contributing to strengthening the efforts of spreading the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in which no-one should be left behind,” stated Gérald Demeules, the global ICT advisor at UNDP’s Office of Information Management and Technology.

Helping young refugees to find employment or training placements is essential to their successful integration into Danish society, believes IOM.