Hiring refugees: ‘we have an amazing wealth of talent on our hands’

“Can you drive a truck? It’s a temporary job with a Saudi Arabian company.”

Laughing with customers one baking hot Saturday last month, while encouraging them to taste chai teas from a market stall in Forest Hill, south-east London, marked a momentous occasion for Ahmed Yousefi*. After a long battle to find employment, it was the Iranian refugee’s first day of work since arriving in the UK eight months ago. “I really enjoyed it as I could practise my English and meet different people,” says Yousefi, whose dream is to be a dentist. “It’s interesting – I think it’ll be a fun place to work.”

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