While most refugees and immigrants are happy to take whatever job comes along when they first enter the country, actually finding one and then slowly managing to move up the employment prospects ladder is incredibly difficult. Illegal immigrants with no recognised documentation face incredible challenges securing work. Communication is a major problem in trying to get a hold in the jobs market.
Refugees and immigrants who are educated and who formerly had good jobs and careers back home find it frustrating that they can’t obtain an equal footing here. Employers typically prefer work experience within the UK and qualifications on paper gained outside of the UK usually get rejected. That’s why it’s not uncommon for your local taxi driver to have formerly worked as a teacher or engineer.
Refugees and immigrants are easy victims of discrimination and exploitation in the workplace. Some employers recognise the sense of urgency and desperation among these groups to get work so they’ll take them on for roles which no-one else wants – the undesirable and even dangerous. Undocumented immigrants assume they have no rights, which is not the case under asylum laws. But these people who work for a pittance and who can’t speak English are easy targets for unscrupulous bosses.
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