World Refugee Day is designated to raise awareness and build empathy towards those forced to flee their homes.
In previous roles, I have heard first-hand accounts of the planning skills, resilience and bravery required to flee your home and start a new life in a new country. I have also heard the frustration of those not allowed to work for an initial period after being granted asylum in the UK.
This year, I started working with Na’amal on the MIT ReACT Programme. Na’amal is a UK-regulated social enterprise established in 2019 to provide soft skills and networks for refugees and other vulnerable populations to access dignified digital work.
My experience of working with refugees has shown that they want to work and contribute to their new homes. The skills they use to reach safety and build a new life can be put to great use in meaningful, dignified employment.
That is the reason I am happy to continue supporting Na’amal and to commemorate and support World Refugee Day.
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