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January 10, 2013


Why Aren’t Refugees Allowed to Work? Asylum Access Launches Global Refugee Work Rights Survey

by Asylum Access

Our clients have told us repeatedly, to have work is to have life. However, refugees are still denied access to self-employment, wage earning employment and legal protections around the world. In addition, there is very little research to help us understand the practical barriers to refugee employment.  In the coming months, Asylum Access will begin organizing a global advocacy plan, starting with issuing a survey to better understand these barriers. Armed with this information, Asylum Access, along with partners and coalition members, will start working toward practical solutions for refugees seeking self-sufficiency around the world.

Read more to learn about the ground breaking research survey or to join the  Refugee Work Rights Coalition and help make refugee work rights a reality.

Photo by Sandra Zijthoff

Photo of self-employed refugee woman by Sandra Zijthoff

Step 1 – With knowledge comes power, and a more nuanced approach. To kick off the momentum for this movement, Asylum Access is launching a survey – available in both Spanish and English – asking the question “what are the true barriers to lawful employment for refugees around the globe?”  We are also looking for partners to join the Refugee Work Rights Coalition and begin shaping a 2013 global plan of action.

Step 2 – Sharing results and advocating for change. The results of our data-driven research will shed light on global, regional and national barriers to refugee employment. But most importantly, it will lead advocacy and on-the-ground action to reduce structural barriers to refugee work rights empowerment, conducted both by Asylum Access and through the Coalition

Who should fill out the survey?  Academics, service providers and those generally familiar with the refugee population in their area of residence are invited to answer this short survey. The more responses we have, the more accurate our recommendations can be.

Click here to complete the survey in English.

Clic aquí para completar la encuesta en Español.

Why you should join the Coalition. NGOs, academics, advocates and service providers committed to advocating for and facilitating access to safe, lawful employment for refugees are welcome to join this international forum. Together we can put this issue on the agenda, make informed recommendations, and help refugees access their right to work around the world. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of this discussion.

Interested in being a part of the movement? Sign up for updates and meeting notices by joining the Refugee Work Rights Coalition google group.

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