Openings for Progression. Dr Lindsay Hewitt. Bridges Programmes: Background. Founded 2003 in response to the dispersal of asylum seekers to Glasgow and the tensions surrounding this Social and economic integration, but not in the community, but through the workplace Work shadowing
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‘In addition to the problems generally faced by the poorest and most marginalised sections of society refugees face a range of practical barriers. These include: difficulty getting overseas qualifications recognised, lack of UK work experience and references, poor English language skills, lack of information and guidance about the UK education system and labour market, negative and racist attitudes of employers, declining confidence and self esteem due to under- and unemployment and lack of purposeful activity while waiting for their asylum application to be processed.’ Morrice, L., ‘Lifelong learning and the social integration of refugees in the UK: the significance of social capital’, International Journal of Lifelong Learning, 26:2 (March-April 2007) p.156
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