Journal article

Exploring the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis for the employment prospects of refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia

Diarmuid Cooney-O'Donoghue, Mladen Adamovic, Victor Sojo

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ISSUES | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

As recent research indicates, refugees and people seeking asylum are suffering disproportionately from the COVID-19 pandemic and have become more and more “shut out” and marginalised. An important pathway to integration and self-reliance is sustainable employment. To explore the impacts of COVID-19 on the employment prospects of refugees and people seeking asylum, we conducted 35 interviews with managers from Australian organisations that employ or assist refugees and asylum seekers in finding employment and 20 interviews with refugees and people seeking asylum. Our interviews indicate that the labour market has become more difficult for these groups in the COVID-19 era due to (1) declines i..

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