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Refugee employment service welcomes increase in job placement rate

The Bread and Butter Project Source: SBS

A refugee employment program that has helped almost a quarter of its clients get jobs says it's actually a cause for celebration. The Refugee Employment Support Program in New South Wales says it offers refugees access to a range of activities not always offered by mainstream providers.

refugee employment program has helped secure jobs for almost a quarter of its clients.

Community organisation Settlement Services International delivers the program in New South Wales and says the 25 per cent employment rate is cause for celebration.

It says the result compares favourably to previous efforts - a survey in 2013 by the Department of Social Services found that 18 months after arriving in Australia, only 17 per cent of refugees were in paid employment.

Chief Executive of Settlement Services International Violet Roumeliotis says the program recognises that humanitarian entrants are not a homogenous group.

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