Building a New Life in Britain: The Skills, Experiences and Aspirations of Young Syrian Refugees

Karyotis, G. , Colburn, B. , Doyle, L. , Hermannsson, K. , Mulvey, G. and Skleparis, D. (2018) Building a New Life in Britain: The Skills, Experiences and Aspirations of Young Syrian Refugees. Project Report. Policy Scotland, Glasgow.

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This report, the first of the project, presents original research evidence based on 1,516 face-to-face interviews with young Syrian international protection beneficiaries and applicants, 18-32 years old, which were conducted in the UK, Lebanon and Greece, between April and October 2017. Key findings from this comparative analysis inform our policy recommendations concerning the settlement, training and skills provision for young forced migrants in the UK. Key Findings: - Young Syrian refugees in the UK have the highest levels of skills and training, and are most eager to remain and contribute to the host country, compared with those in Greece and Lebanon. - Young Syrian refugees are faced with higher levels of unemployment in the UK than citizens, while many of them who are in employment are doing jobs for which they are over-qualified. - Refugees in the UK receive better support and have an overall more positive experience and evaluation of actors compared to those in Greece and Lebanon, but access to key provisions designed to enhance labour market participation remains patchy. - Syrian refugees who have been resettled to the UK report overall more positive experiences than those coming through the asylum route, despite higher levels of employment among the latter and the government supposedly taking the more vulnerable among the former. - Young Syrians in Scotland are better supported, and more positive about their engagement with people and institutions, although they are currently more distanced from re-integration into the labour market compared to those settled in England.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Project Report)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mulvey, Dr Gareth and Doyle, Dr Lesley and Colburn, Professor Ben and Karyotis, Dr Georgios and Skleparis, Dr Dimitris and Hermannsson, Dr Kristinn
Authors: Karyotis, G., Colburn, B., Doyle, L., Hermannsson, K., Mulvey, G., and Skleparis, D.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
L Education > L Education (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Robert Owen Centre
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Publisher:Policy Scotland
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
743781Building Futures: Aspirations of Syrian Youth Refugees and Host Population Responses in Lebanon, Greece and the UKGeorgios KaryotisEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/P005179/1SPS - POLITICS