Refugees and their English speaking competencies, by IT Engineer.
The UK is a country with a long history of accepting migrants from many different parts of the world. During the recent crises and war in the Middle East, the number of refugees has resulted in refugee crises in many of European countries.
The influx of migrants has caused concerns for both politicians and normal people where there are a lot of pros and cons in this matter. For example, UK has given asylum to around 5,000 Syrian refugees since 2011 and more are on their way. It is believed that most of those UK refugees are from the middle classes of their societies, seeking for a better life or, at least, the same level of life as the one they had back in Syria before the war.
Apart from Syrians, refugees are also coming from other countries which are not in war but people are suffering from human right violations. A country which has no respect for freedom of speech and religion is the worst place for intellectual individuals. That is where a lot of human right activists, feminists and gay people are facing serious risks. This group of individuals are also mostly from the middle class of the society. Usually, they are highly educated and with expertise in many different fields. However, thinking differently from what the dictators want makes them unable to work efficiently and productively in their societies.
Under most of the educational systems in Middle Eastern countries, English language learning is compulsory and also it has been a long-term trend from about 20 years ego that many families fund their children to undergo for private English course classes.
Furthermore, educated professionals have always been using English in many different circumstances such as their workplace, during the international conferences or even business trips to other countries. As a result, many of the educated professionals from refugee background are fluent in English.
To wrap it up, if we take a look at the history of the developed countries, it can be easily seen that migrants have always been beneficial and cooperative to build and develop a better environment for the different generations of the society. It is so wise to not judge the newcomers as the poor and vulnerable minority who are unable of doing anything positive. It would be highly recommended if they could be given a chance to prove their abilities such as their professional skills and also English speaking competencies.
By IT Professional.2016