World Refugee Day 2020
© UNHCR/Sebastian Rich
Together with refugees
When you think about basic human needs, you probably think about food, water, sanitation, shelter. But after years working with refugees in crisis zones around the world, I’ve come to believe connectivity is every bit as much a part of that package. So much so, that when people arrive at a displaced persons camp, as much as they want food or water, they want a place to charge their phones.
IKEA Retail (Ingka Group), Inter IKEA Group and the IKEA Foundation have each made different commitments that will help people who have been forced to flee their homes to become part of their host communities. We believe that refugees bring skills and experience that are valuable to business and society.
This is one example of how business, foundations, civil society and international organisations can together transform international solidarity into concrete actions and improve our global response to help the world’s 25.9 million refugees.
Join our Ask an Expert Q&A session on what (almost) everybody gets wrong about refugees with Ola Rosling, President & Co-Founder of Gapminder Foundation and Alexander Betts, Professor and Director of the Refugee Studies Centre on Thursday 25 June at 3pm CET, hosted by Per Heggenes, Chief Executive Officer at the IKEA Foundation.