LinkedIn stated on its company blog that the company is committed to creating economic opportunity for all members of the global workforce, regardless of country of origin or religious belief. And with this declaration, further confirming its values and principles on which the company was founded.
"While we can’t control policies around entry of refugees into countries, we can lead with opportunity and help newly settled refugees find economic livelihood. Indeed, our country was built in large part by the work of immigrants and their descendants - and like our foremothers and forefathers, refugees are seeking that same opportunity to contribute," read the post.
LinkedIn is currently accelerating pre-existing plans to expand its refugee program to the U.S., in order to support refugees who already reside there. In partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), they intend providing financial resources and training to IRC staff so that they can assist newly settled refugees in finding jobs which leverage the skills they are bringing into the U.S. economy, and thus enabling them to become self-sufficient.
The programs which have been set in place, have already worked in helping refugees find employment in their new countries. In February 2016, LinkedIn’s refugee program, Welcome Talent, was introduced in Sweden as a pilot, with its primary goal being to connect refugees to internships as well as encouraging employers to advertise opportunities for refugees on LinkedIn. Over 50 companies participated in helping approximately 2,000 individuals seeking employment.
In October of the same year, LinkedIn expanded the Welcome Talent program to Canada, in collaboration with Canadian nonprofits like Refugee Career Jumpstart Project and COSTI as well as government agencies like Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
The blog post read: "LinkedIn has a unique opportunity to use our platform to help especially skilled refugees find economic opportunity more quickly. And, we are seeing firsthand the economic contribution and success they are having in their new countries."