Who is a refugee?

Refugee status is granted to a person who has had a positive decision on their claim for asylum under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (the Refugee Convention) and has been granted leave to remain in the UK.

A refugee is not an ‘asylum seeker’. Refugees have been granted leave to remain as a refugee in the UK. Asylum seekers have not. Asylum seekers may not be employed in the UK. Refugees may work in any job.

Guide for employers on employing refugees

Guide produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Refugee Council

Refugee Status & Humanitarian Protection

Here is the text from the 2012 Home Office guidance on employing refugees. The document includes photographs of the documents that refugees are given, providing them with unrestricted permission to work for 5 years in the UK.

An asylum seeker whose claim is successful is granted refugee status. Refugees are foreign nationals or stateless people who we have allowed to remain in the UK because they have demonstrated a well founded fear of persecution for one of the reasons listed in the 1951 Geneva Convention.

Humanitarian protection can be granted to those who do not qualify for protection under the 1951 Geneva Convention. This would be if there is a real risk that if they were removed to their country of origin they would face serious harm.

Refugees and those with humanitarian protection have no restrictions on the type of work they can do, as long as they continue to hold this qualifying status. These individuals do not have to meet the tests of the points based system, and you do not need to be a sponsor under this scheme to employ someone of one of these statuses. We are committed to the integration of refugees and those with humanitarian protection.

(page 49 of second link document: ‘Comprehensive guidance…’)

Transitions is happy to take responsibility for the ID confirmation of our interns and hired candidates.

Transitions has collated this information in good faith and is providing it as collated secondary resource information. Please refer to the Home Office for formal advice and confirmation of ID documents for interns or staff who are not Transitions staff.

All candidates from Transitions London have the right to work in the UK
Everyone granted refugee status has the right to work in the UK. We check the credentials of all candidates before we send them to you. You can do the same quite easily, or you can look through this document for all the details.
Are they familiar with all the relevant UK standards?
We assist candidates to ensure they are familiar with the relevant standards. We work the relevant professional bodies, employers and provide 1 2 1 coaching. The internship is an opportunity for them to become familiar with using the standards relevant to the role.
All the candidates from Transitions London speak good English
Every one of our candidates has undergone a thorough assessment of their Business English; we only put forward those who pass.
How are qualifications validated?
Around 40% of our candidates have qualifications from UK universities, often in addition to those gained in their own countries. We ensure all qualifications are checked by the relevant UK professional body or by UK Naric (National Recognition Information Centre) and we provide a Transitions Professional Portfolio summarizing this information.
Are we obliged to hire if the internship goes well?
No, but 7 out of 10 internships lead to a permanent job. Even if you don’t hire the candidate they will have gained valuable experience that will help them in their job seeking.