Refugees seeking employment could face
many problems There could also be problems of speaking the language. Most
refugees would not know how to speak English, so it will take a while for them
to speak English fluently.
According to the UNHCR (United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees) there are 65.6 million people who are forcibly
displaced in the world. Of those, 22.5 million have the status of a refugee,
which whom half of them are under 18. 16% of the refugees are hosted in the
Americas. In 2016, only 189,300 refugees were settled worldwide!
only return to their same jobs with recertification. However, becoming re-certified requires a lot of financial, emotional, and time commitment. So
it will probably be a while till they can start taking care of themselves
financially. For them to get used to the new job that could take a while. I
mean, if you were a doctor there and a janitor here, it will take a while to get
used to mopping floors and cleaning. For some refugees who want to become
doctors or engineers again, they have to go through a lengthy process of making
their degrees equivalent to a U.S degree.
To me I feel that if a refugee had a job in his home that he
loved, he should be able to have it here. The reason why, is because if someone
was passionate of doing that job or it was their dream to have that job, then
why can’t they have it here? If you were a engineer and had to study 5 hard
years, then forced to leave your country, would you want to go get another
degree? No, probably not. For example, this is a true
story. There is a Syrian refugee who is really struggling to find a job. He
said his job was perfect in Syria. Until he came here, here he is struggling to
find anybody hiring for his job. Some people also don’t want to hire him
because he doesn’t speak English. Not
only that, sometimes the jobs that they do well over there might not have
sufficient market in America. The man has 3 children, and can barely support
them with an apartment and food. The man was a painter and decorator. Nobody
here is willing to give him a chance. I think that is completely unfair.
Everybody in life needs a fair chance, so just give it to him. This job does
not need lots of language or communication skills, but yet he is struggling to
find somebody who will trust him with it. Just think, he could maybe be the
best worker in the business. Now sadly he lives in a refugee camp. The man
himself said that the only trouble with hiring was the language, that’s it.
A lot of refugees now
work weird jobs and work late hours for very little pay, and they are getting
no benefit what so ever. Education to get a job for refugees is also hard, some
refugees who aren’t in camps can’t find the money to go back to school and get
there old jobs back.
Another really big problem is racial discrimination. Millions of
refugees around the world have to face discrimination and fear the fear behind
it everyday. Human Rights Watch discovered a pattern of police abuse and other
forms of violent discrimination against refugees. Such practices endanger
refugee lives by exposing them to repeated physical and mental stress. Some
discrimination is not necessarily obvious. That might include restricting
freedom of travel, limiting employment rights, or denying the expression of
religious identity; such as the hijab.
How can we make refugee lives better and more productive in our
community? We as a community could do fundraisers to help raise money for
refugees that need to go to school to be employed. We as a community can also
help refugees with money for education for little kids. Example is language
class. We can provide the refugees with a language class to help them get
employed for a job. Because like I said, a big problem for getting employed is
language. We can even help them with legal support to help them get employed
and re-certified. There are many things we can do to help the refugees in the
world, but please try your best to help.