Offer a job or internship to an asylum seeker
One of the most powerful integration drivers is meaningful employment. Why? Because it's something to get out of bed for, it means colleagues and friends, it holds a promise of self-sufficiency and it's a possibility to contribute in a positive way to the Danish society. For the asylum seekers in Trampoline House, those are their highest wishes.
As a company, you can build the bridge to the jobmarket by offering payed jobs or unpayed internships for asylum seekers. The pool of talents and experience in Trampoline House is vast and right now it includes a Bachelor of Economics, a NGO officer, a specialized embroidery seamstress, an electrician, a cabinetmaker, a hair dresser and many many more...
Trampoline House maps the skills of all our people and we can therefore easily match your company's wishes and needs with potential candidates. We also know the rules and regulations in the field and will guide you through the paperwork and proces. Finally, we offer to prepare you for the challenges that may occur when taking on a coworker with a different language, different background – and for asylum seekers, a completely different daily life – than the rest of your staff.
Get inspired by the great stories about people from Trampoline House, whom we have already helped to gain a foothold in the jobmarket - check them out below.
Please contact Project developer Nanna Jochumsen to learn more.
Ismail Yagoub, marketing and communications
In 2016, Ismail from Sudan – BA in IT Technology and Trampoline House veteran – joined Qvartz as an intern in their marketing and communications department. Among other tasks, Ismail and his coworkers developed a database for Trampoline House that enables us to systemize our mapping of asylum seekers' skills and match them with jobs.
Én linje fra Flemming om, hvorfor de engagerede sig med Ismail og fra Ismail om hvor fedt det var
Ivan Dumanov, finance
Ivan holds a finance degree from Ukraine and has extended work experience in finance and accounting. He joined the DJØF mentor network in Trampoline House in 2016, and shortly after he was hired as a trainee in Abakion A/S.
Én linje fra Maja / chef om, hvorfor de har engageret Ivan og fra Ivan om hvor fedt det er
Ahmed Riyad Al-Tamir, kitchen assistant
In Syria, Ahmed used to work as a chef serving delicious arab dishes to his guests. As an asylum seeker he was the head of the Trampoline House kitchen, and after being granted asylum in 2017, Ahmed was hired by Lygtens Kro to cook Danish and German food for the hungry crowds at the pub.
Én linje fra Camilla om, hvorfor de har engageret Ahmad og fra Ahmed om hvor fedt det er
Hiring a qualified asylum seeker is not only a win for that person - it also benefits for your business:
- Asylum seekers are amongst the most motivated staff out there - they are, on the whole, people who have fled atrocious circumstances and just want normal lives - a job is a big part of that
- Widening the pool of job applicants - every company wants the best staff it can get, so why not make sure you're not missing out the best people just because they're asylum seekers
- Diversity is good for business - numerous studies have shown that diverse teams contribute to the bottom line. ISS Denmark recently conducted a study that showed that diverse teams contributed 3.7% more to the bottom line than homogenous teams
- New perspectives - a diverse workforce also brings new perspectives (and solutions) to old problems and helps build relationships between the company and potential new clients
- Integration is a key social issue in Denmark - by being an early mover companies enhance their CSR credentials and promote social cohesion.
And here is why it also makes sense:
- Without anything to do, you loose your skills: People who seek asylum in Denmark are accommodated in asylum centers for months and years while they wait for the authorities to settle their asylum case. While staying there, they have very little to do, not least maintain and develope their skills. Actually, recent research showes that waiting time in the asylum system itself reduces the probability of gaining employment after being granted asylum by 20% per year spend in an asylum center.
- Employment means you get to meet people other than fellow asylum seekers: Without a connection outside the centers it's almost impossible to get to know any Danes. Asylum seekers receive very small allowance that do not allow for many trips outside the centers, which are located far away from the big cities. This makes it hard to befriend or even meet any Danish citizens and become part of the Danish community while waiting on your paperwork is processed.
- Our future fellow citizens should be nursed and developed – not broken down: Many asylum seekers are scared by their experiences back home and living in the asylum centers only makes it worse. In fact, research showes that center-life in Denmark itself can cause anxiety, depression, personality disorderes, and even PTSD. Working on the other hand, contributes to a sense of self-worth, fosters perosnal and professional developement, promotes mental well-being and allows asylums seekers to actively contribute to society through their work and their taxes.