Ikea To Sell Rugs Made By Syrian Refugees In Solidarity With Countries Offering Asylum

The furniture giant will partner with local organizations to employ 200 Syrian women.

International retail giant Ikea announced last week it will be partnering with local organizations in Jordan to employ female refugees to make rugs and textiles for its Middle Eastern stores in tune with recent efforts from global companies to help put refugee families on a path toward a new life. 

For the millions of refugees who left their homes in war-torn areas, the journey doesn't end upon entering another country. Families, who are often unable to escape together, must work to rebuild their lives in a culture that is unknown and sometimes unwelcoming. 

"The situation in Syria is a major tragedy of our time, and Jordan has taken a great responsibility in hosting Syrian refugees," Jesper Brodin, a managing director at Ikea told CNN Money. "We decided to look into how Ikea can contribute."

The initiative is expected to employ 200 Syrian refugees, mainly women, to create a limited-edition textile line that will be sold starting in 2019 in stories in Jordan and other countries that trade with the nation. 

According to the U.N., Jordan has accepted over 655,000 refugees. Ikea has vowed to work with local organizations to create flexible work hours as most Syrian women also care for other members of their family. 

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(H/T: Esquire)

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