The Pilot Project

The Pilot Project

Talent Beyond Boudaries is the only organization in the world working to facilitate international employment for refugees.

Pictured: Ayman, Syrian in Jordan, Entrepreneur

Our pilot project began in 2016 with the support of numerous partner organizations and institutions.

For the pilot project, Talent Beyond Boundaries will match a small number of refugees based in Lebanon and Jordan with employment opportunities in a few select countries around the world. As our model is honed and new employment and funding partnerships are developed, our aim is to expand the effort in the Middle East and other regions.

Traditionally, there have been barriers that have prevented refugees from participating in the international labor market. TBB’s pilot project was designed to identify and address these barriers, while developing the systems needed to tackle them on a broader scale. Barriers to global labor mobility that refugees may face include lack of information about international employment, financial barriers to applications and travel, missing documentation, and lack of awareness in the business community about the breadth of talent in refugee communities.

Developing effective systems to overcome the barriers that have typically foreclosed international employment can result in catalytic change for refugee responses and livelihoods.


The Australian government provided a pilot for TBB for 10 primary applicants using existing visa pathways. The pilot allows us to demonstrate that our refugees have good skills for which there is demand in corporate Australia, and that Australia businesses are prepared to go to the extra trouble to sponsor our candidates out. Through the pilot we are establishing all the processes and partnerships needed - for example around settlement services for refugees on arrival. The practical experience gained from the pilot will also allow us to accurately determine the associated costs and work out a financially viable scalable model. Lastly, the pilot will highlight the shortcomings of the existing visa pathways for skilled refugees and feed into the design of a new hybrid visa. Our broad vision for that new visa has been clearly presented to the government and immigration department (Home Affairs) in this formal submission.


TBB works closely with federal and provincial Canadian governments, community partners, the UNHCR Canada, and with private sector employers in diverse industries across Canada. TBB is the lead partner in the Canadian government-funded Economic Mobility Pathways Project (EMPP), which aims to test refugee access to Canada's federal and provincial economic pathways, and to document any barriers refugee applicants may face. The EMPP is implemented by TBB in partnership with RefugePoint and the UNHCR, and reaches refugee populations in the Middle East and East Africa. This unique pilot speaks to Canada's commitment to understanding how the global refugee talent pool fits into Canada's skilled immigration future. Partner provinces and territories in this project are Manitoba, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and the Yukon.

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TBB Pilot Project Approach​