Authors: John van Kooy and Agathe Randrianarisoa, Research Fellows, Work and Economic Security Team, Research and Policy Centre
What is needed to overcome the disadvantage faced by asylum seekers when competing in the labour market?
Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers is a Brotherhood of St Laurence employment program for asylum seekers with bridging visas living in Melbourne. Supported by a private philanthropist, the program aims to assist asylum seekers to get into (and stay in) the workforce. The program also works with employers to procure jobs and training opportunities, while advocating for changes to government policies.
The Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers program has had success in getting many individual asylum seekers into their first jobs. However, it stands out as an exception in a landscape of constrained service access and restrictive visas. Advocacy efforts should continue to address the government policies and employer practices that prevent others from achieving sustainable employment and economic security.
SOURCE: van Kooy, John and Randrianarisoa, Agathe. “Giving Asylum Seekers a Chance: Insights from a pilot employment program.” Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research & Policy Centre, 2017, 16 pages.
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