The initiative ‘Science4Refugees’ matches refugees and asylum seekers who have a scientific background with positions in universities and research institutions that are 'refugee-welcoming organisations' and that have suitable positions available.

Science4Refugees is accessible to refugees and institutions through the EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion portal, a pan-European initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services to researchers wishing to find jobs and pursue their research careers in Europe.

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "The launch of the science4refugees is a very exciting example of how Europe's scientific community can be truly Open to the World. By matching refugees and asylum seekers who have a scientific background with European scientific institutions, the EU will gain a huge diversity of new insight for our research, science and innovation, while taking practical steps in providing meaningful opportunities for a vastly talented, but greatly underprivileged, community."

To take part, researchers must sign up to the EURAXESS portal and enter their CV information, selecting "Science4Refugees" in the "Personal Preferences" section of their CV. Registration is on a free and voluntary basis. In addition, the portal provides access to a complete range of information on working conditions in Europe for refugees and asylum seekers. 

On the other hand, when posting an advert in EURAXESS, higher education and research institutions are able to indicate that the position offered is promoted as a Science4Refugees position, meaning that they are interested in hiring asylum seekers.

In the longer term, with the support of the EURAXESS Service Centres, schemes on training mentoring, language and integration courses will be added to the ‘science4refugees’ initiative to help refugees settle into their host country of residence.