REvive Greece is a non-profit organisation with a mission to help young people from the most vulnerable groups (refugees, migrants and unemployed Greeks) integrate into the socioeconomic fabric, by reskilling them on computer programming. Then connects them with companies from the ICT sector for job placement as software developers, where the demand for skilled people is significantly higher than the supply.
The organisation is supported by Google and HIGGS -the point of reference for the Civil Society organisations in Greece- and in December 2017 was awarded in Brussels with the prestigious Civil Society Prize of the European Economic and Social Committee.
- It is estimated that currently there is a shortage of 500,000 software developers in Europe. By teaching coding to our beneficiaries, we manage, not only to integrate them into the receiving countries but also to boost the European economies through the “Brain Gain”.
- Since Greece, as the entry point to Europe for refugees from the Middle East, is the assembly point for those waiting up to 2 years for relocation to other European countries, it can become the place where the newcomers will learn a highly valued skill, like coding, and a pan-European point of reference for talent acquisition.
- It is crucial that the refugees who will finish the courses will not be competing with the locals for a position in the out-of-balance job market (high demand / low supply). Hence, they will not be perceived by them as intruding rivals, especially in the southern European countries, like Greece, where there is an increased unemployment.
- The refugees who eventually become ICT professionals will have a significant role in the rebuilding of their countries if they ever return.