Globe and Mail: One year after arrival, Syrian refugees continue to face employment barriers
Recognition of foreign credentials is a key challenge, says Lori Wilkinson, director of Immigration Research West and professor of sociology at the University of Manitoba. Another is simply having proof of past experience.
“In some instances, people who are fleeing their country, or even their house, they have minutes to get out of their house – so they don’t think to take their university diploma or certificate. It’s the same thing with job references – they’re not there, or they’ve been killed, or you can’t find them, or you can’t give a reference in English or French – those are issues that are unique to refugees, more so than immigrants, that might pose barriers to entering into employment.”