Empower young adult refugees & disadvantaged youth in host countries

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Our Vision

Empower young adult refugees, by training them in tech and providing them with full-time employment opportunities in host countries. Inspire countries and companies around the world to do the same.


This is a global issue, and governments should come together for a joint solution and engage the private sector who can provide jobs, education and skill training. There are skill gaps to be filled and millions of refugees who can fill them.
— Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute of Peace
 
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The crisis

The world has more refugees than ever before

40 million refugees are internally displaced

40 million refugees are internally displaced

20 million have fled across borders

20 million have fled across borders

In syria alone...

8.4 million children, +80% of Syria's child population has been affected by the conflict

8.4 million children, +80% of Syria's child population has been affected by the conflict

7.6 million are internally displaced

7.6 million are internally displaced


This wastes human and economic potential

 

  • Protracted crises over decades impose multiple social and economic costs
  • Innovative ways to enable refugees to develop and use their talents make sense from both an economic and a human perspective

Our PROMISE

Become a leading provider of trainees in cyber security, data analytics, and AI/machine learning to companies who want to be part of the solution to the refugee crisis.  In the process, we will give refugees the opprotunity to build lasting careers. 

 

 

 

Our plan 

The Belgian government has created BeCentral, a space dedicated to technology, diversity, and inclusion. It provides the perfect environment to bring different worlds together to meet and work.

Jobs in tech are transferable geographically, increasing the scope for trained refugees to relocate back to their regions of origin when it is safe to do so, and contribute to rebuilding their communities. 

There is growing demand for skills in cyber security, AI/machine learning and data analytics in the corporate world and the public sector, which gives us confidence in matching our graduates with full-time jobs. 

Lynke will work with local trainers and companies to deliver the skills the local labour market demands. Lynke is open to also hiring disadvantaged locals and immigrants. By having different groups working and learning side-by-side, our aim is to build mutual understanding that will improve relationships between refugees, immigrants, and host communities. 

 

 
 
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Why Belgium?

Belgium is currently accepting more than 30,000 refugees annually, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. The government provides work permits for refugees, and Lynke will work with the government to support their long-term plan for integration. 

By symbolically locating BeCentral in Brussels train station, the site of a recent terrorist attack, the Belgian government is sending a message of peace and integration. We share the vision of a more inclusive world and look forward to embarking on this journey together.

 

 
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