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This research aims to understand the local/regional labour market skill gaps and opportunities for refugees to increase their employment prospects within Wales.

Main findings

  • Most refugees face significant barriers to finding work.
  • Entry level jobs often do not represent a stepping stone to progression but rather a sticking point, so they become 'dead ends'.
  • Work with refugees should focus upon preparing for employment, sustaining employment and supporting progression in employment. 
  • Although the elements of effective practice are reasonably well understood implementation can be challenging. 
  • Although there is a case for specialist services, ReStart does not have the capacity to support all those refugees who may need or benefit from support to find and progress in employment.  
  • There is no 'silver bullet' and co-ordinated action is required across a range of services and partners. 


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