WJR plan to help Syr­i­ans get UK jobs

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

WORLD JEWISH Re­lief (WJR) will help more than 1,000 Syr­ian refugees ac­cli­ma­tise to life on Bri­tish soil in a new five-year ini­tia­tive, it has been re­vealed.

The char­ity, which un­til now has de­voted its time to pro­vid­ing re­lief and aid over­seas, said it was turn­ing its at­ten­tion to help­ing refugees in the UK fol­low­ing “calls to act from our sup­port­ers and the wider Jewish com­mu­nity”.

So far, WJR has raised over £820,000 for its work sup­port­ing refugees in Greece and Turkey.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to a spokesper­son, “we could not ig­nore the vol­ume and in­ten­sity of calls for us to bring that in­ter­na­tional work to the UK to sup­port some of the 20,000 Syr­ian refugees who will be ar­riv­ing here over the next five years”.

Adopt­ing the same model they have used in the last few years for de­vel­op­ing liveli­hood op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple in the for­mer Soviet Union, the char­ity will run an em­ploy­ment pro­gramme that will en­able refugees to im­prove their lan­guage skills and grant them ac­cess to vo­ca­tional train­ing, work place­ments and post-em­ploy­ment sup­port.

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