"Before I was an Asylum Seeker, but now I am a Refugee everything has changed. Since I started working I say to myself it’s a big change. When you are on benefits your life is really limited. Now I am on a salary and it’s a big relief.
Between 2013-16 research examined the position and experiences of ‘new migrants’ in the workforce in North East England, carried out by Nottingham Trent and Northumbria Universities, the International Community Organisation of Sunderland and the Regional Refugee Forum North East.
Audrey was born in Ivory Coast and moved to the UK in 2014 with her mother who was claiming asylum. Audrey has temporary leave to remain in the UK for five years. She attended University in Ivory Coast, and has an undergraduate degree in Management Studies.
Shahosh was born in Morocco and left his home country when he 23 years old. He moved in the UK at the end of 2014, following religious persecution which he faced under the aegis of Moroccan dictatorship. He was granted asylum in late 2015 but he is still homeless and jobless.
Summary of good practice, identified by the ‘Skilled’ project, which helped raise awareness of the skills, qualifications and experience Refugees bring with them and the value this can have for the region's economy.
Essential features of good practice proposed by the ‘Skilled’ project, which helped raise awareness of the skills, qualifications and experience Refugees bring with them and the value this can have for the region's economy.