• Corporate philanthropy

In Europe, BNP Paribas continues to support refugees, by promoting their integration in host countries

20 June is the United Nations World Refugee Day. Aware of the stakes, in 2015 the Group and the BNP Paribas Foundation launched a programme in favour of refugees. This programme supports a number of associations in Europe that help refugees learn the language of their host country and support them in their professional integration.

Promoting integration…

Conflicts and humanitarian or environmental crises lead to population displacement. Once in a new country and faced with a new environment, refugees have to cope with the language of the host country, which is one of the main obstacles to integration.

The aim of the associations we support is to help refugees learn the language, become more independent and find work in places where demand for their services is sometimes low. They provide concrete solutions that enable refugees to resume their studies, find suitable vocational training and get their first job.

31,6 million

refugees (under the HCR mandate) worldwide.

As of the end of 2023

… by teaching the host country language and through professional inclusion

By supporting associations, the BNP Paribas Group and the BNP Paribas Foundation are making a long-term commitment to the reception of refugees in Europe, based on two main pillars: learning the language of the host country and professional inclusion.

Refugeeks by Simplon, in France, gives classes in French and offers very down-to-earth training in digital tools.
Joblinge, in Germany, offers German classes and assistance in looking for a job.

associations supported 

since 2015

In 11 European countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom.)

Discover the testimonies of Ghaith, Syrian refugee and Saidou, Guinean refugee.

An acknowledged action

In 2023, the Grand Prize of Philanthropy in the “Emergency” category, awarded by Groupe Ficade, recognised the extent of resources the Group had mobilised in managing the Ukrainian crisis, with an exceptional financial and human commitment. 

In Ukraine

+8 M

In 2022, the war forced more than 8 million Ukrainians to flee their country.

4,1 M

found refuge in one of the European Union countries.

18,5 M€

This is the total budget raised for Ukraine by the BNP Paribas Group.

including 5.22 million euros mobilised through its Rescue & Recover Fund.

A committed bank

In addition to its philanthropic initiatives, BNP Paribas has set up programmes to facilitate access to banking networks through its Nickel offer, which has opened 5,300 accounts for refugees of 190 different nationalities, and its network of commercial banking branches in France (6,000 accounts opened for refugees).

This support has been complemented on the ground by the creation of micro-enterprise and micro-finance programmes, such as MicroStart in Belgium and Microlux in Luxembourg.

Finally, in 2023, BNP Paribas participated in the latest fundraising campaign of “each One”, a social mission company that uses a unique approach combining training and learning to help refugees and newcomers overcome common obstacles and acquire professional skills. BNP Paribas has provided support to “each One” from the outset, particularly through its Act For Impact programme and then as a client through the French Banking Association.

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