Benefit of Volunteering for Women-Refugee

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Elena Jeanes

Unemployment and voluntary work amongst of vulnerable migrants

Migrants’ in the charitable sector
LSE Reconnect with Research May – July 2012
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Women with PhD working in

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Issues of current migration refugee
• Migration has had a positive impact on the UK labour market • Refugees’ situation is distinct from other migrants’ group • Before arriving in the UK refugee were more economically active and have above average level of qualification

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Trends in language skills for women-refugee (2005-2009)
• Compared with native speakers during 21 months of being in the UK: • Level of language amongst womenrefugees with high language skills increased from 26 to 38 % • Those with low language skills – level grew from 15 to 38 %

– Spotlight on refugee integration: findings from the Survey of New Refugees in the United Kingdom. Research Report. NCSR, UKBA. 2010. http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/scienceresearch-statistics/research-statistics/immigration-asylumresearch/horr37/horr37-report?view=Binary

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Trends in employment for women-refugee (2005-2009)
• Compared with native speakers womenrefugee who over 21 month of being in the UK: • Employment rates grew up to 49 % • Remained well below the UK average of 80% • 51 % felt that they are over-skilled and overqualified – Spotlight on refugee integration: findings from the Survey of New Refugees in the United Kingdom Research Report. NCSR, UKBA. 2010. http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/science-researchstatistics/research-statistics/immigration-asylum-research/horr37/ horr37-report?view=Binary

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Barriers to employment: Women-refugees
• Lack of knowledge of English employment system and standards • Lack of skills, requested by British standards • Lack of knowledge of British culture (individualistic - vs. communal approach) • Language barrier • Prejudice on the...
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