Location Curitiba, PR
Grantee 2017
Attended areas Human Rights and Civic Engagement

Escola de Integração

Cultural Preparation for Immigrants and Refugees to Enter the Workforce

There are 8,500 refugees and 12,000 visa seekers living in Brazil. In Curitiba alone, there are roughly 5,000 Haitians. All of these groups face difficulty entering the workforce and finding steady work. They often suffer prejudice and are exploited. Immigrants, refugees, as well as Brazilian companies, need preparation and support for the successful inclusion of these communities into the workforce.

Linyon’s Escola de Integração harnesses the potential talent in the diversity and differences brought by immigrants and refugees, supporting them to empower themselves as agents of transformation and innovation, and working with business owners. The project plans to replicate this methodology in other cities and states throughout Brazil.

With support from BrazilFoundation, Escola de Integração aims to:

• Train immigrants and refugees in leadership techniques, entrepreneurship, workplace skills and labor laws;
• Provide training and mediation in intercultural management to Brazilian businesses and organizations;
• Teach facilitators to replicate methodologies in other states.

Impact

500 immigrants and refugees trained with entrepreneurial and workforce skills
Methodology replicated in 5 states
Businesses receiving multicultural training

“We understand how difficult it is to adapt to other languages, cultures and norms. We’re here to help on this journey.” – Team Linyon Project

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