Fifty-five Syrian refugees will be migrating to Iceland from a refugee camp in Lebanon in January 2016 and the Icelandic IKEA store has plans to assist in their arrival. It was recently announced that the company will be donating 100.000 ISK (770 USD, 705 EUR) per person to the refugees, which amounts to a total of 5.5 million ISK.
The CEO of the company’s branch in Iceland, Þórarinn Ævarsson, stated that this donation is an expression of the wish to assist the refugees in adjusting and assimilating into their new lives. It will at least provide them with a start and enable them to purchase necessities. Thirty-five of the Syrians expected to arrive in January are children, but this makes no difference as far as the amount offered by IKEA. Each person will receive the same—kids need things too.
According to Ævarsson, IKEA will also be coordinating with the Directorate of Labor in assisting the refugees to find employment once in Iceland. Jobs at the company will be available, as they have been for a large number of foreigners living in Iceland. As an additional perk, language classes are offered to employees at IKEA during work hours, Ævarsson says.