Since the beginning of the year, more than 500,000 refugees fleeing civil war and unrest in the Middle East and elsewhere have sought safety in the European Union. Yesterday, the European Commission said it will do its bit to help the scientists among them find research jobs.
Under a program called Science4Refugees, launched today by E.U. research commissioner Carlos Moedas, the commission says it will help match refugees with universities willing to hire them. Refugees and asylum-seekers with a science background can upload their resume on a dedicated page on Euraxess, the E.U. research careers website. Meanwhile, universities willing to help can get a badge from the commission as “refugee-welcoming organizations” and advertise jobs, internships, or training programs as refugee-friendly.
Rebuilding their lives and careers can be difficult for refugees, a Syrian computer scientist recently told Science Careers in a Q&A. Science4Refugees aims to “help refugee scientists and researchers find suitable jobs that both improve their own situation and put their skills and experience to good use in Europe's research system,” says the Euraxess website, which is inviting institutions to join in.