Malmö FF football club becomes the first sports club in Sweden to commit to supporting the integration of refugees through work and sports opportunities
Recognizing the power of sport to bring people together, UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency and MalmÃ¶ FF today announce a partnership to strengthen the integration and inclusion of refugees in the city of MalmÃ¶, in Sweden.
MalmÃ¶ FF is committed to increasing employment opportunities for refugees by committing to employ 50 refugees in their catering and service organization by 2023.
In addition, MalmÃ¶ FF – together with the City of MalmÃ¶, through their established collaboration – will offer refugee children and young people the opportunity to participate in âEquality for All / School Football Against Racismâ activities.
These initiatives will lead to better integration and inclusion of refugees for the benefit of the community and the refugees themselves, enabling them to rebuild their lives and prosper in their new hometown.
Steps taken now to formally submit pledges to a global platform, managed by UNHCR – as Sweden’s premier sports club – demonstrate years of community engagement and social responsibility, guiding MalmÃ¶ FF across a wide range. activities. The football club is committed to fighting racism, to strenghten integration, fight against unemployment and connect different groups in society.
âMalmÃ¶ is a city full of opportunities, but also of challenges. MalmÃ¶ FF is a strong force in the city, and we have the opportunity to tackle different societal challenges and be part of the solution to solve them â, says Niclas CarlnÃ©n, CEO of MalmÃ¶ FF. âSocial responsibility is in our DNA and we have several examples in our history where we have we are committed to refugees, for example our chairman of the board saved 7,000 danish the Jews of the German occupation of Denmark during World War II, and in 2015 when MalmÃ¶ was the first point of entry for large numbers of refugees. It is natural for us to engage with this target group.
In recent years, UNHCR has increasingly partnered with sports bodies at the local, national and international levels. In June this year, UNHCR signed a memorandum of cooperation with UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, to establish long-term initiatives to support and assist refugees and other displaced people through football. Participation in sport – with its significant potential for positive impact on health, well-being and inclusion – can help refugees build a better future.
âFootball and sport have a unique unifying power in society. It makes a difference, for the community and in people’s lives, when MalmÃ¶ FF, this year’s Swedish champions, supports refugees and commits to supporting integration efforts â, says Henrik M. Nordentoft, UNHCR representative in the Nordic and Baltic countries. “We hope that the strong and bold commitment of MalmÃ¶ FF will inspire other sports clubs in Sweden to follow their example.”
With concrete commitments on the integration of refugees, MalmÃ¶ FF joins a global network made up of governments, international organizations, civil society, the private sector, academia and others to achieve the ambitions in the Global Compact on Refugees, adopted by UN member states in 2018. This global agreement aims to ensure a better, more united and sustainable response to the record level of forced displacement, in particular by strengthening the autonomy and inclusion of refugees.
Since the first Global Refugee Forum was organized by UNHCR in 2019, more than 1,400 pledges of concrete initiatives, projects and support have been announced, supporting the ambitions of the UNHCR. Global Compact to life and a tangible impact for the world now more than 82 million people driven from their homes by conflict, violence and persecution.
Today, MalmÃ¶ FF will participate alongside refugee athletes and other sporting entities in a global webinar, focusing on âAdvancing Refugee Self-Reliance Through Sportâ. The event takes place before the High-Meeting of level managers, organized by UNHCR. Here, a wide range of stakeholders will take stock of the progress made since the Global Refugee Forum and identify gaps that still need to be addressed in order to find solutions for those forced to flee and their hosts.