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Reaching Out to Refugees

Tens of millions of people throughout the world are identified as refugees. The circumstances at the root of the refugees' displacement - and problems associated with repatriation - often force them far from home and community, eliminating any opportunity to earn a living and support those who depend on them. ManpowerGroup is committed to be an effective resource for positive social change through several partnerships.

They are the world's forgotten refugee youth. is an innovative global campaign that brings attention to these refugees, providing them with a chance to change their future through the power of education and sport. The campaign aims to create a global community dedicated to giving the world's refugee youth the chance to learn and play.

Manpower has engaged with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its campaign, which is focused on providing education to the nine million refugee children.  These children who are living long term in refugee camps around the world without adequate schooling to provide them with the skills they will need when they are eventually repatriated. Nike Inc., Microsoft and Right to Play are among the founding partners engaged in the initiative. Other companies supporting this campaign include: Earth Water International, Merck & Co. Inc., and Procter & Gamble.

ManpowerGroup Chairman & CEO Jeff Joerres has also invited the company's more than 30,000 permanent employees in 3900 offices in 80 countries to get involved and spread the word in their local communities.

Helping Iraqi Refugees Return to Work

Manpower Inc. has partnered with Upwardly Global and The List Project to find meaningful work for Iraqi refugees who resettled in the United States after protecting and supporting American forces in Iraq.

These refugees and their families are legally employable but unable to find jobs despite their high levels of education, mastery of English and significant professional job experience.

ManpowerGroup and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

ManpowerGroup, in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is committed to helping foster self-reliance for refugees.   Learn more »

World Refugee Day 2012

Building on the 2011 World Refugee Day "1" Concept, the UNHCR has this year evolved the campaign to increase the public's understanding of why refugees need its help.   Learn more »

World Refugee Day 2011

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has developed a campaign for this year’s 60th anniversary, which will be launched on World Refugee Day on Monday, June 20.  Learn more »

World Refugee Day 2010

The theme of this year's World Refugee Day on June 20 is "HOME" in recognition of the plight of more than 40 million uprooted people around the world.  Learn more »

World Refugee Day 2009

June 20 is World Refugee Day, a day when the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, tries to focus worldwide attention on the plight of millions of refugees and displaced people around the world.   Learn more »