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Acceptance Of Refugees Is Hard But Integration Is Not

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Fleeing from home country brings uncountable miseries, above all of them is to financial crises. Despite the unfavorable conditions at least they come with tremendous talents and some amazing skills with which they dream to build their future in the hosting community. The political and social barriers leave their skills rusting in the refugee camps waiting for an asylum decision. The suffering and waiting marginalize their approach and hinder them from adjusting to their new home. A study which was conducted in Teeside, revealed they people are kept engaged to use the time for a purpose. The study also explored that inherent occupations cause frustration but it is best to fill the time.

When a human has easy access to work he gets a chance to flourish his abilities and polish his talent. Meaningful work leaves mental and physical benefits for health and also helps to socialize with the hosting community. This lucrative hiring of an asylum seeker can change individual identity in the community. Stanford University used Artificial Intelligence in research to assimilate the refugees into the new environment. The research highlighted the main hindrances, such as the knowledge of English, education level, and the area in which they settled. Some refugees have higher integration chances compared to others. The researchers used an algorithm that worked to suggest the settlement using this data and the chances of integration over there. This database raised the participants’ chances to get jobs by up to 70%. Another study was carried out by Stanford on the benefits of merging refugees into communities that have ethnic commonalities. The study revealed that refugees got their first job in the first five years when they were integrated with a share ethnic community.

Governments of 26 assigned a certain place to migrants without prior homework for integration ease. They are not even allowed to come out of these cantons. It created a “hostile environment”, while many gross root projects were launched to make migrants' lives better. For example, The Bike Project was launched in London to provide used bikes to refugees, and also training sessions were conducted to maintain their steeds. This project reuses 25000 forbidden bikes every year to help refugees in getting their own transport. This project was a joint venture of volunteers, refugees, and mechanics. To take good care of second-hand transportation they are allowed to visit workshops.


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