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Reconnecting refugees

Ericsson has worked with REFUNITE to create the world’s largest missing persons platform for refugees. Currently more than 700,000 separated refugees in 17 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East have registered on the platform. The estimate number of total family members reconnected to date is 43,000.

Refugee Reconnect

Today there are more than 65.3 million people in the world who have been forcibly displaced from their homes, which is the highest number since World War II. A large percentage of these people lost contact with family members or friends during their escape from disaster, persecution or conflict.

As REFUNITE’s lead technology partner since 2010, we supported the development of the platform and provide ongoing technical expertise. Most recently we contributed to the creation of the first prototype for an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) solution to assist displaced families in Pakistan and reconnect them with their missing loved ones.

In January 2017, the World Economic Forum and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship recognized REFUNITE co-founders Christopher and David Mikkelsen as Social Entrepreneurs of the Year. We will continue to work actively with REFUNITE to find innovative ways to help disconnected and vulnerable individuals communicate.

Read the more in our latest Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report 2017.