first_imgCampaign for Refugees in Employment beginsOn 10 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Throughout the country there are organisations facing skills shortages, anddemographic forecasts show that this problem is likely to intensify in thedecades ahead. Refugees and asylum-seekers are potentially part of the solution, but thereare great barriers for employers who want to recruit from among this group.Many fear falling foul of immigration law. Others wish to recruit refugees, butare put off by red tape. Personnel Today is launching the Refugees in Employment Campaign to persuadethe Government to make it easier for employers to recruit refugees andasylum-seekers who have permission to work in the UK. We want the Government tomake it simpler for employers to know when they are legally entitled to offerwork to people in this group. And we want ministers to develop a strategy tomatch the skills of refugees and asylum-seekers with the needs of employers. The Government has made a manifesto commitment to deal with asylum,including a pledge to introduce the first-ever strategy for integration ofthose fleeing persecution into British society. A key part of this strategywill be supporting employers who want to offer work to refugees andasylum-seekers. Now it is time to turn that commitment into action. Personnel Today has written an open letter to the immigration minister, LordRooker, spelling out the four aims of the campaign. We want the Government to: – Make a commitment to producing a standard permission-to-work document forrefugees and asylum-seekers – Act to reduce red tape preventing refugees who are entitled to work fromgaining employment – Adopt a strategy to develop a skills database of refugees andasylum-seekers – Produce concrete plans to co-ordinate the employment of refugees andasylum-seekers Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img