Why hire a refugee?

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Why hire a refugee?

  1. 1. Improve Your Workforce
  2. 2. What is a refugee? A refugee is a person who fled his or her country of origin and is unable to return due to persecution based on religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.
  3. 3. How are refugees different than immigrants? •  A refugee is legally brought to the United States by the U.S. Department of State. •  They are individuals who may become permanent residents after one year and may apply for citizenship after five years. •  All refugees may legally work in the U.S. as soon as they arrive.
  4. 4. What do refugees offer? •  Better retention rates •  An eagerness to work •  Adaptability •  Quick learning ability •  Dependability and loyalty •  Strong work ethics •  Positive attitudes •  Workplace and bilingual skills
  5. 5. What are employer incentives? •  Back-to-Work/STEP UP Program http://www.stepuputah.com/financialaid/whats-available/ •  Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) http://www.doleta.gov/business/ incentives/opptax/ •  On-the-Job Training (OJT) http://jobs.utah.gov/employer/ resource/ojt.html
  6. 6. What can we do to help? •  Provide all services at no cost to the employer •  Screen and assess applicants •  Locate reliable workers •  Provide job readiness orientation •  Provide employment counseling •  Offer translation services •  Offer administrative support
  7. 7. Employer Testimonials Bakery Express http://www.refugeeworks.org/employers/ success_BakeryExpress.html Dairy and Onion Farms http://www.refugeeworks.org/employers/ Finding_Industry_SpecificJobs.html Rivanna Natural Designs http://www.refugeeworks.org/employers/ success_greenjobs.html
  8. 8. Contact Information Ayelen Butler Refugee Services Office aybutler@utah.gov 801-691-8522 www.refugee.utah.gov

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