by Tuka Almaleh [email protected]
Refugees earn on average £284 a week – about half that of UK-born workers
People with Refugee Status in the UK are permitted to apply for work in any profession, to study with home fees (not international fees) and already have a UK visa and National Insurance number. However, many of them struggle to secure jobs and especially professional jobs, including those who have significant transferable experience and even those with UK Degrees or Masters.
The most prominent obstacles that lead to difficulty in finding working in UK according to Vargas-Silva et al. (2018) are:
And according to Shearman (2019), who published an article about highly skilled refugee struggling:
Shearman’s study found that refugees earn on average £284 a week – about half that of UK-born workers. Moreover, the University of Oxford compared the income of refugees and native citizen, which could be concluded as the following:
Thus, all of us can collaborate and contribute to reinforce equality, diversity and achieve win-win situation as many of them are highly qualified and could contribute positively to the companies.
Shearman, Sarah (2019). ‘Win-Win’ In UK As Highly Skilled Refugees Find Work. Thomson Reuters Foundation [online]. Available at: <https://news.trust.org/item/20191217151108-qnq22/> [Accessed 17 March 2020].
Vargas-Silva, Carlos et al. (2018). The Economic Integration of Refugees in the UK. [Presentation].ECON project. Available at: https://transitions-london.co.uk/download/. [Accessed 17 March 2020].