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London-Headquartered Busuu Offers Ukrainian Refugees Free Access To Its Premium Language Learning Services

Busuu, a London-headquartered leading language learning app, which has reached over 120 million learners to date across more than 160 countries, today announced that over 100,000 people have already signed up to their free offer for those displaced by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As a result, Busuu became the #1 education iOS app and the #3 most popular iOS app in Ukraine.

Busuu, which recently opened new headquarters close to Liverpool Street Station, London, employs close to 200 people in London, Madrid, and remotely. The company observed a surge in users in Ukraine and the surrounding regions. They decided that the best way to offer tangible, immediate support to Ukrainian refugees and displaced people was to give full free access to Busuu Premium, which provides courses in 13 languages, including Polish. So far, more than ten million people have left Ukraine since the Russian invasion. Of these, over two million have sought refuge in neighbouring Poland.

The International Centre for Migration Policy and Development, in its report titled, ‘Integration of Ukrainian Refugees: The Road Ahead’, expects there to be “considerable and immediate demand for interpreters and translators.” The report added, “In the longer term, language classes will be important for supporting adults in settling in and navigating their new communities, while children can receive assistance in schools.”

Ukrainian refugees can access Busuu premium via a dedicated landing page.

Bernhard Niesner, CEO of Busuu, said:

“Busuu stands with the people of Ukraine, and we are horrified at the tragic situation that is unfolding. We hope that this small gesture offers practical help to the millions of people who have been displaced by the conflict as they adjust to life in their host country. For many, access to learning a new language could make a difference as they cope with such extraordinarily difficult circumstances.

“We will of course continue to monitor and review how else we can support those impacted by the invasion of Ukraine.”

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