"You have companies like Accenture, Western Union, and LinkedIn that are going to help with internships, skills training and job placement," he said. "Today's commitment means that we're going to be creating employment opportunities for more than 220,000 refugees."
Microsoft plans to team with local providers to deliver wireless broadband to refugees and international aid organizations in Malawi, and it's teaming with HP to provide tech training in refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. That training will lead to certifications that qualify them for worker visa programs instead of requiring that they go through the more laborious government refugee process.
"President Obama realizes this issue isn't going away anytime soon," said Nate Hurst, chief sustainability and social impact officer for HP. "Refugees are living in camps for decades. For some people, these are their new homes."
Airbnb last year began working with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees to provide accommodations for relief workers. The company said Tuesday it's going to expand its efforts by helping refugees find temporary housing. It will also provide new ways to earn a living by hosting local experiences, such as cooking a Syrian meal.
"As the crisis evolves, we continue to work with our partners to identify new and meaningful ways we can contribute," said Kellie Bentz, global head of disaster response and relief for Airbnb.
Uber said it plans to pitch in by working with US resettlement agencies to help refugees become drivers for its ride-hailing service.
Uber said it hopes to help connect potential drivers with affordable, low-risk leases and auto discounts. It's also created the UberGIVING donation campaigns with groups like Save the Children and the French Red Cross to use its app to prompt riders to donate items, like shoes and sleeping bags, and then collect them on-demand using vehicles already on the Uber platform.
Obama thanked the companies for answering his call to action for "doing good."
"This isn't charity," he said. "This is part of their overall mission and makes good business sense."