Nearly 40 companies, including several travel and tourism firms, have launched a joint initiative to offer jobs, training courses and support for refugees in Germany.
Participants in the 'Wir Zusammen' ('We Together') platform include TUI, Lufthansa, Airbus, Munich Airport and Sixt from the tourism sector along with major employers such as Opel, Deutsche Post DHL, Telekom, Robert Bosch, Siemens and VW. Other firms are being invited to join in.
The firms are offering diverse projects to support the integration of refugees from countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan into the German economy. TUI, for example, is backing a nationwide initiative to provide German language courses while Lufthansa is supporting a project enabling young migrants to enter the world of employment.
TUI Group CEO Fritz Joussen declared: “We want to turn challenges into opportunities. That can only work together. Integration can succeed. We will organise it in practical and realistic ways.”