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The Greek Council for Refugees, Greece

Facilitating access to the Greek job market for refugees

The "Cosmos Employment Hub" helps refugees find employment opportunities in Athens, so they can live independently and with dignity.

A market system analysis released by Caritas Switzerland and ITC ILO has revealed the critical employment challenges faced by refugees arriving in Greece, which is among the countries in Europe that receive the highest number of asylum seekers.

Cultural and languages barriers, coupled with a heavy regulatory framework and a fragile economy that is still recovering from a 10-year financial crisis, slow their integration into the Greek job market. This already difficult situation has been aggravated by the socioeconomic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that has created additional obstacles for job seeking refugees.

The Greek Council for Refugees (GCR), a non-governmental organisation active in the field of asylum and human rights in Greece, has been offering comprehensive services to beneficiaries of international protection and asylum seekers for the past 20 years.

The Trafigura Foundation is supporting GCR’s Cosmos Employment Hub, a centre that helps refugees find employment opportunities in Athens, so they can live independently and with dignity.

The beneficiaries in the programme receive job readiness consultations, intensive language courses, skills development sessions, vocational training, entrepreneurship seminars and job placement support.

Thanks to GCR’s extensive network of employers and business owners, GCR can match the job demand with its candidates, a strategy that helps over 40% of its beneficiaries secure a decent job.

Our partnership aims at triggering a catalysing effect for the Cosmos Employment Hub, helping GCR strengthen its institutional presence in the landscape of employment services for refugees, as well as attract other donors for the long-term sustainability of the project.

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