A consortium of over 45 major firms in the UK is reportedly pressuring the government to make things easier for Ukrainian refugees, who have been displaced due to Russia's invasion of their country, to come to the United Kingdom.
Some of the companies pressing for the change include the online fashion retailer Asos, British multinational retailer Marks & Spencer, high-end cosmetics firm Lush, as well as the recruitment corporation Robert Walters.
The administration has been heavily chastised by critics for its reaction to the Ukraine refugee crisis, both in terms of pace and scale.
Emma Sinclair, Enterprise Alumni's CEO, is the driving force behind the initiative. Sinclair claimed that the effort has accumulated a lot of traction in a short period of time.
The project is still in its infancy, and several aspects regarding how it will function in practice are unknown.
The project's goal is to help and support tens of thousands of refugees not only in finding work in the UK but also in finding housing and gaining language skills.
Many UK firms are experiencing underemployment as a result of a number of circumstances, notably Brexit and Covid, so it is in their best interests to fill open positions.
Sinclair, on the other hand, remarked that the consortium was working purely altruistically and not to promote any corporate objective.
Sinclair further stated that the organizations involved, particularly the recruitment companies, have numerous new jobs to fill every day of the week, adding that it is not a new problem for them.
On Monday, Sinclair will meet with Richard Harrington, the recently appointed Minister for Refugees. Additionally, she has also been in talks with Number 10 Downing Street.
Impellam Group, a major UK recruitment company, as well as software company Portman Dental Group and Unit4, are all members of the group as well.
Sara Nathan, Refugees at Home co-founder stated that the organization is ready to assist the group in finding housing for the refugees.
Nathan went on to say that the measures for responding to Ukrainian refugees must equally be fair to refugees from other countries.
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