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Refugees, social capital, and labour market integration in the UK

Cheung, Sin Yi ORCID: and Phillimore, Jenny 2013. Refugees, social capital, and labour market integration in the UK. Sociology n/a 10.1177/0038038513491467

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This study examines the relationship between social capital and labour market integration of new refugees in the UK using the Survey of New Refugees (SNR). Our findings suggest that length of residency and language competency broaden one’s social networks. Contacts with religious and co-national groups bring help with employment and housing. The mere possession of networks is not enough to enhance access to employment. However, the absence of social networks does appear to have a detrimental effect on access to work. The type of social capital appears to have no significant impact on the permanency or quality of employment. Rather, language competency, pre-migration qualifications and occupations, and time in the UK are most important in accessing work. Our findings also have clear implications for both asylum and integration policy. The unequivocal importance of language ability for accessing employment points to a clear policy priority in improving competency.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: labour market integration; language fluency and literacy; refugees; social capital; social network
Additional Information: Online publication date: 26 September 2013.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0038-0385
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 08:17

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