Over a million asylum seekers migrate into Europe every year from poverty-stricken and war-torn countries including Iran, Syria, and Zimbabwe. Without refugee status, they are denied the right to work and forced to live on state benefits as low as 5 pounds a day. Last year 59% of asylum seekers were denied refugee status. Even those that do get it, struggle to integrate into society and find jobs.
This initiative is an employability program aimed at empowering refugees and asylum seekers, through workshops and a mentorship program. The workshops include soft skills such as presentation skills, English-speaking skills, and team-work skills. There are also IT skills workshops. This year the project is looking to expand into networking sessions and a mentorship scheme.