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More than 30 companies, including Amazon, Facebook and Pfizer, have pledged to create economic opportunities for Afghan refugees.

More than 30 companies, including Amazon, Facebook, Pfizer and Tyson Foods, have pledged to create economic opportunities and provide resources for Afghan refugees to start their new lives in the United States.

Thirty-four companies from all sectors, including tech, retail, and the food service industry, have joined the Tent Alliance for Afghan Refugees, which aims to create job opportunities for Afghan refugees in the United States, as well as provide training and other resources.

Companies that have joined the alliance include Accenter, Adeco Group, Amazon, APCO, Bain & Company, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Chobani, Coursera, Deloitte, Facebook, Gap, General Assembly, Henry Shen, Hilton, H. H. H. R. . , Jacobs, Clean-Tech, MasterCard, Panda Express, Pfizer, Rejuvenation-a Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of Chobani and founder of the Tent Partnership for Refugees, said “America is at a critical juncture” and the United States must “play its part in welcoming our Afghan brothers and sisters.” ”

“They stand by our side, and we must stand by their side,” Ulukaya said.

“I’m proud of the businesses I’m growing today – and I hope many more will join our alliance. I have said this before and I will say it again – the moment a refugee gets a job, the moment they stop being refugees. At this moment they can stand on their own two feet; At this point they can make new friends; At this moment they can start a new life. ”

Online shopping giant Amazon says it already employs the company’s various immigrants and refugees as part of its diversified workshops, especially at its perfection and transportation hubs. The online retailer trains and retains highly skilled refugees in corporate roles in various business groups.

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Refugees working in its perfection and transportation center have access to the company’s career choice program where it provides full college education as well as high school diplomas, GED and English Second Language (ESL) proficiency certificates.

Amazon will fully announce the 5050,000 college tuition for its hourly employees in the United States earlier this year, and plans to launch the initiative in January, at a cost of ১ 1.2 billion by 2025.

The organization offers refugee skills training opportunities through a full-time 12-week program called AWS Re / Start that prepares unemployed and unneeded people for careers in cloud computing.

“We are committed to expanding and improving this effort and providing employment support for the refugee population, including the needs of Afghan refugees,” said Beth Galletti, Amazon’s senior vice president at People Experience and Technology.

An August poll by CBS News found that 81 percent of Americans think that in recent years, for U.S. troops and officers, Americans who work as intelligence or translators should support at-risk Afghans.

The same survey found that 59 percent of people felt that the United States was not doing enough to help the Afghan people after the withdrawal of troops in mid-August, and that the country was later occupied by the Taliban terrorist group.


Katabella Roberts is currently a Turkish-based reporter. He covers news and business for The Epoch Times, primarily centered on the United States.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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