General Public

The general public is instrumental to the successful integration of refugees. Sentiments of xenophobia, concerns about high unemployment and general hostility towards immigrants can severely inhibit the implementation and effectiveness of refugee work rights programs. Thus, when designing and implementing refugee work rights programs it is crucial to consider the concerns, attitudes and issues the host community is facing and how they can be best addressed.

  • Who is affected when refugees are given access to lawful employment and how?
  • What does it mean for the host community to provide refugees with access to work?
  • Which parts of civil society are likely to be most opposed and most in support of a refugee rights program? Why?
  • What are the challenges host communities are tackling generally? e.g. high unemployment?
  • What specific benefits can refugee workers bring? e.g. to fill skills gaps, do unpopular jobs, etc.?
  • What are potential concerns of the civic host community? How can they be rebutted/alleviated?
    • Increased competition for jobs and a resulting loss of opportunity?
    • Increased pressure on social services?
  • Why would the host community support/oppose a refugee work rights program?
  • How could hostility be addressed and support be created?