UK: Businesses & social enterprises are hiring refugees to help them better integrate

Author: Suzanne Bearne (The Guardian), Published on: 14 August 2017

"Hiring refugees: 'We have an amazing wealth of talent on our hands'", 11 August 2017

[A]n estimated 118,995 refugees liv[e] in the UK, many of whom face extreme difficulties in finding a job... But businesses and social enterprises like Chaigaram are trying to change this. Pranav Chopra, Chaigaram’s founder, says: “By employing refugees to run tea stalls across London’s food markets it allows them to boost their English, regain confidence and work on skills required to enter the UK job market.” [...] Some businesses are providing tools for refugees to overcome other barriers to rebuilding their lives, such as difficulties in opening a bank account... Chopra believes all companies should invest more time and energy in using business as a tool to create a positive impact. “We have an amazing wealth of talent on our hands, which is being under-used...” he says. “They’re not in need of ‘help’, more that first opportunity to get into meaningful employment in the UK. As a small business we all should aim to give them that.”

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