International labor mobility for refugees can be part of the solution to refugee crises and at the same time, help to solve demographic challenges and talent shortages worldwide. “My company is experiencing the demographic challenge of too many experienced people retiring without enough well-trained people coming into the workforce to replace them,” said Bob Collier, President and Founder of Davert Tools in Niagara Falls, Canada, a region with an advanced manufacturing sector and acute shortage of tradespeople.
TBB’s report is the first to capture the experiences of employers recruiting refugees from abroad. Their experiences reflect the will of the private sector to explore a new talent pool – skilled refugees living around the world – and achieve significant social impact by providing refugees the opportunity to compete for employment and immigrate. The report illustrates the potential for opening labor mobility as a means for refugees to move to safety and self-reliance. “An economic immigration system that works for refugees has the potential to be a watershed in solutions to displacement,”said Heather Segal, Founder and Senior Immigration Lawyer at Segal Immigration Law in Toronto.
“Business is willing and able to hire refugees as skilled immigrants. This is a catalytic change in how the international community responds to the global refugee crisis,” – Mary Louise Cohen, Co-Founder of Talent Beyond Boundaries.