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UK Economic and Social Research Council highlights findings on integration of Syrian refugees

The UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has published a briefing on the integration of Syrian refugees. The briefing highlights the findings of the Building Futures research project, which finds disparity in the outcomes of Syrian refugees based on geographical factors, level of education of the refugees, and the route through which they arrived in the UK (via resettlement or asylum).

The Building Futures report, titled Building a New Life in Britain, finds that targeted intervention is needed to integrate Syrian refugees and benefit from their skills contribution in society. It makes policy recommendations for targeted investment in English language provision and support, the ability to convert foreign qualifications, and building a positive media narrative around refugees in order to aid public understanding.

The Building Futures research project provides a comprehensive assessment of the skills, training needs, work aspirations, life experiences, and ethical perspectives of young Syrian forced migrants in three host countries: a neighbouring host state (Lebanon), the main entry point to Europe (Greece), and a north European destination state (the UK). The Building a New Life in Britain report, published by Policy Scotland, presents research evidence based on 1,516 face-to-face interviews with young Syrian refugees.

See the ESRC briefing