In 2015, the Volkswagen Group established its Group Refugee Aid as an independent organizational unit in response to the refugee situation at the time. Group Refugee Aid coordinates aid projects for refugees across all brands, cooperates specifically with national and international aid organizations and promotes the company’s humanitarian commitment in the area of flight.

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Help on wheels: The Volkswagen Group supports the German Red Cross. VW buses transport refugees and donations in kind.

Volkswagen Group Refugee Aid is a long-standing partner of major aid organizations working to help refugees. These include UNO-Flüchtlingshilfe e.V., the German Red Cross and many local and municipal sponsors.

The work of Volkswagen Group Refugee Aid follows a multi-stage process: First, the Volkswagen Group provides emergency aid in crisis situations such as earthquakes, including monetary and in-kind donations, the provision of helpers and experts in refugee accommodations, or vehicle loans to partner organizations.

In the subsequent process steps, the integration of refugees at the host locations is supported through Group Refugee Aid. This includes assistance with language acquisition and the recognition of vocational qualifications. These are the key to trainability and professional integration. 

Refugee Aid
Packing boxes for people in need: Volkswagen Group employees get involved.

Volkswagen Group Refugee Aid maintains a network with all Group brands and, as needed, with company locations. In this way, Volkswagen Group Refugee Aid can coordinate and bring together assistance needs and opportunities at short notice. At various Group locations, targeted support for entry-level vocational training and school and university education is provided. Many Group brands, sales regions and Volkswagen Group dealerships hire refugees, making it easier for them to settle into their new living situation. Several thousand refugees have already taken part in initiatives within the Volkswagen AG environment. In addition, a large number of people have received emergency aid. In connection with the Ukraine crisis, the Volkswagen Group and its workforce have so far donated more than 15 million euros in cash and kind.

Thymian Bussemer, Head of Group Refugee Aid
“The Volkswagen Group has a great social responsibility in addition to its corporate responsibility. The commitment to people in need is needed more than ever.”
Thymian Bussemer, Head of Group Refugee Aid
Thymian Bussemer, Head of Group Refugee Aid
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