With so much talk about the refugee crisis and mass migration from war-torn Syria, are refugees the answer to London’s economic issues rather than a problem? The refugees’ call answering London needs might be closer than you think.
Although refugees and migrants can cause a short term strain on the economy, it is widely accepted that they are beneficial to the economy long-term. Many of the migrants risking their lives to escape Syria are doctors, lawyers, teachers and nurses. Their skills can be used by companies and services in London and the UK.
Whilst migrants adjust to their new environment, they often take menial jobs, delivering letterbox leaflets, working in kitchens or cleaning jobs. Many will work in construction whilst they learn better language skills and get to understand the London way of life.
With rent prices so high in the centre, many will seek to live in the suburbs and neighbouring counties and might appr
oach a company specialising in loft conversion in Essex or a construction firm working on large scale building projects or housing developments.
For migrants that have skills in computer programming and internet skills, there is a burgeoning market for skills in London and Essex. A company working in web design in Essex might quickly find employment for a skilled programmer from Syria.
Skills for self-employed professions such as photography might also be an area that refugees and migrants could find work. Not only could web savvy people build websites for photographers, they might have photography skills and set up as a wedding photographer in Essex.
Once they have the skills required and have developed language skills and an understanding of local culture, they can move on to more skilled local jobs for example retail, fashion or working in a London call answering service.