The Remarkable Way Ikea Is Helping Syrian Refugees

"We support the fundamental rights of all people, and do not accept any form of discrimination," Ikea said in a statement after President Donald Trump's order barring immigrants.

Ikea rug

Citizens all over the globe are protesting President Donald Trump's immigration ban. Corporations, too, are giving the movement a boost by taking a stance against the egregious executive order, which includes an indefinite hold on accepting Syrian refugees. 

Your favorite Swedish furniture company is among those businesses: CNN reports that Ikea will be giving jobs to some 200 Syrian refugees in Jordan, most of whom are women. 

The employees will be making rugs and textiles in a new line for Ikea, which will be available in 2019. Ikea will be collaborating with local organizations to maintain flexible hours for women who are also taking care of their families. 

So, why Jordan? The country has accepted more than 655,000 Syrian refugees, the United Nations reports.

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

The company, it seems, is standing firm against Trump's action.

"Any proposal that would discriminate against a certain group of our customers or co-workers, or limit our ability to attract and retain diverse talent is ... troubling," said Lars Petersson, Ikea's top United States manager.

The positive corporate action speaks volumes against the abhorrent ban, which has the world up in arms. 

Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Heinz-Peter Bader

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