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152: The Refugee Workforce with Chris Chancey, Founder of Amplio Recruiting

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Imagine fleeing your home (and everything and everyone you know) to escape violence, persecution or disease outbreak. You move into a temporary refugee camp with the desire to safely live and work in another country, only to get stuck in a refugee camp for multiple years with no ability to work.

This is what’s happened to 70.8 million people around the world who have been forced from their home. But only 1% of this population will be resettled in a developed country like the US.

Today’s guest, Chris Chancey, founder of Amplio Recruiting, found a way to match the dependable refugee workforce with some of the 7 million open positions in the US that will go unfilled this year. So far, they have placed over 5,000 refugees living in the US into full time employment over the past 4 years. Amplio Recruiting has far surpassed the retention rate of the staffing industry norms and are a certified B corp.

In this interview, Chris tells us how he got the idea for Amplio and how they’re different than the average staffing company. He educates us on the refugee workforce, their strengths that makes them valuable employees and some enlightening stories of refugees they have placed. Chris leaves us with what employers can do to help the refugee workforce be successful at their companies.

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Interview highlights (with timestamps):
  • [5:33] How Chris got the idea for Amplio.
  • [8:54] What the staffing industry is like and how Amplio is different.
  • [11:30] Chris tells us about the refugee population.
  • [16:57] The biases employers have around hiring refugees.
  • [22:10] The many strengths of refugees.
  • [27:05] Some refugee stories
  • [36:22] His book – the Refugee Workforce
  • [39:27] What HR should consider when they have a refugee population in their workforce.
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The Refugee Workforce

Full Bio:

He is the founder of Amplio Recruiting, an agency that helps great companies hire dependable employees from the refugee workforce. They have generated over $7M in revenue and placed over 4000 refugees living in the US into full time employment over the past 4 years.

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