Refugees to fill skills shortages in the capital

Employers in London have been urged to use refugees to fill skills gaps.

The government has backed an initiative, London Refugee Economic Action, to increase the influence of the refugee community by serving as its voice on employment-related issues.

The project aims to work with employers, professional associations, trade unions and the government to promote the contribution that refugees can make to London’s economy.

Research shows that refugees have a huge range of skills and that most are highly motivated to find work. Yet they find it tougher than other minority communities to find jobs that match their skills.

Unemployment among the refugee community is estimated to be at least six times the national average of 4.7%.

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