The Benefits of Employing Refugees
Refugee Action Kingston (RAK) supports adults and families who have been granted Refugee Status and have a legal right to live and work in the UK. We support clients who are extremely keen to work and who are actively seeking paid employment.
RAK’s clients have already demonstrated their capabilities and resilience to adjust to new circumstances, by relocating themselves and their families in a new country.
Seventy percent of our client hold a degree recognised as comparable to the UK degrees; their skillset includes being bi or tri lingual in European languages with a wealth of experience in most sectors of the labour market.
The unique skills, diverse cultural perspective and international experience refugees have to give to the UK Labour market can bring considerable benefits to employers and business.
A diverse employee pool can support businesses in meeting the needs of a diverse customer base, maintain or expand overseas markets, be more creative in thinking of new ways to do business. Refugees bring new questions and viewpoints to the table which can create new products and services that meet the needs of the global market.
Useful information on the Asylum process:
The Asylum process:
If someone is at risk of being persecuted in their own country, they may go abroad and ask for asylum in another country. The right to claim asylum is in international law. Governments are obliged to provide protection to people who meet the criteria for asylum. The UK has signed these international laws and they are part of UK legislation. A person who has asked for asylum in the UK and is waiting for a decision on that claim is called an asylum seeker. Someone who has received a positive decision on his or her asylum claim is called a refugee.
Once a person is granted protection on human rights grounds in the UK, which is usually granted for five years and subject to review they have the right to work, claim benefits and be re-united with their spouse and children (under 18).
In some cases, a more limited form of status called Discretionary Leave will be granted. It is initially granted for up to three years, after which time the person can apply for an extension. After six years they can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Discretionary Leave is usually used in cases involving children under 18 who cannot be returned to their country of origin. It is Home Office policy to grant such children Discretionary Leave until they are 17½ years old.
Asylum seekers right to Volunteer:
1 April 2014 the Home Office agreed to change its guidelines on asylum seekers and volunteering. The changes mean that no one can be excluded from volunteering because they’re claiming asylum. People claiming asylum, including refused asylum seekers, can now continue to volunteer across the charitable or public sector.
Permission to work:
When clients submit an application for an extension of leave e.g. Indefinite Leave to Remain he/she still has the right to work whilst this is pending. Confirmation of receipt of an application will be sent by the Home Office, which can be used as evidence of the right for continued employment. The biometric residence permit is proof of the holder’s right to stay or work in the UK. Employers can check the entitlement of prospective employees to work in the United Kingdom by either telephoning the Home Office on 0300 123 4699 or on line at the on the biometric residence permit service site at www.gov.uk/check-biometric-residence-permit.
Please refer to the Home Office for formal advice and confirmation of ID documents for your prospective employees.