European platform to help refugee scientists
(JB) Refugee scientists or researchers will receive an extra hand in continuing their research in Europe thanks to a new European Commission initiative.
Science4Refugees aims to put refugees and asylum seekers with scientific backgrounds in touch with scientific institutions who can work with them.
Interested refugees and asylum seekers can find out which institutions have signed up to the project via the EURAXESS portal, a pan-European initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services to researchers wishing to pursue their research careers in Europe or stay connected to it.
In the longer term, schemes on training mentoring, language and integration courses will be added to the ‘Science4Refugees’ initiative to help refugees settle into their host country of residence.
“By matching refugees and asylum seekers who have a scientific background with European scientific institutions, the EU will gain a huge diversity of new insight for our research, science and innovation, while taking practical steps in providing meaningful opportunities for a vastly talented, but greatly underprivileged, community,” said Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.
Institutions interested in participating can now flag their offers –be it positions, internships or training courses– with the ‘science4refugees’ emblem to indicate their interest in hiring asylum seekers.
Refugees and asylum seekers, on the other hand, can upload their CVs on a dedicated EURAXESS page and express their interest for an internship, a job or training. Registration is on a free and voluntary basis.
In addition, the portal provides access to a complete range of information on working conditions in Europe for refugees and asylum seekers. Scientific and academic institutions in favour of the initiative will be awarded the ‘science4refugees’ flag, declaring they are open to employing refugees and asylum seekers.
To find out more, visit ec.europa.eu/euraxess/
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