Google unveils platform to make life easier for refugees
June 20 has become World Refugee Day. On this day, Google announced interesting support for refugees around the world. Born out of a collaboration with the UNHCR, the Mountain View firm is working on a project making it possible to offer simple answers to the many questions of refugees when they arrive in a new country.
Whether it’s how to get financial assistance, and many other questions about what refugee status allows, Google is trying to answer as many questions as possible.
The idea behind this collaboration between the UN Refugee Agency and Google is to help refugees get the help they need as quickly as possible and to focus on starting their lives in a new country. To do this, Google offers these answers in several languages, including Arabic, English, Farsi, Turkish and many others. This diversity of languages makes it possible to come to the aid of refugees in Lebanon, in Jordan, or even in Turkey.
Google has supported this cause for years
According to statistics collected by the Mountain View company, these countries have the highest number of refugees per capita and therefore represent a priority. Obviously, this project is not going to drastically change the life of a refugee, but it should manage to make the transition to another country easier by avoiding the stress related to the many questions that these people may ask when arriving in an unknown land.
At the same time, Jacquelline Fuller, president of Google.org, said: “Since 2015, we have provided more than $ 30 million in grants to Google.org to help provide emergency support and access to vital information. and educational resources for more than a million refugees. We support the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) with $ 550,000 in grants from Google.org and YouTube to provide refugees with the equipment they need to support the pandemic, digital skills training series and Google Search updates in the affected countries so that people have access to reliable information at all times. “