Obtaining meaningful employment – adequately remunerated, fulfilling employment that is commensurate with a person’s skills and qualifications – is a high priority for people from refugee backgrounds, as it is for many people. This research explores how employment contributes to the successful resettlement of people from refugee backgrounds. ChangeMakers Refugee Forum carried out focus groups and interviews with 17 people in employment from 11 different refugee-background communities to provide greater depth of understanding to the following areas:

  • What it means to have a job
  • Factors enabling people from refugee backgrounds to gain employment
  • Barriers and challenges to obtaining a job and meaningful employment.


Creator | Kaihanga
ChangeMakers Refugee Forum
Year of Creation | Tau
Publisher | Kaiwhakaputa
ChangeMakers Refugee Forum
Creative Commons Licence
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives CC BY-NC-ND
Keywords | Kupu
Refugee-background, Employment, Wellington, New Zealand
Main Language | Reo Matua
Submitter's Rights | Nga Tika o te Kaituku
I represent the publisher or owner organisation of this resource
This Research has
been written outside an academic institution
Bibliographic Citation | Whakapuakanga

ChangeMakers Refugee Forum (2012). ‘People with refugee backgrounds can do the job.’ Refugee-background experiences of employment in Wellington [Report]. ChangeMakers Refugee Forum: Wellington, New Zealand.

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