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September 10, 2019

BBC News features two refugees helped by our STEP programme


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BBC News features two refugees helped by our STEP programme

Two of the refugees we have supported into employment have been featured in BBC News stories marking four years since the launch of a government scheme to help Syrian refugees come to the UK.

Ghani and Anas came to Britain with their families as part of the VPRS scheme announced by David Cameron in 2015. They enrolled on our Specialist Training and Employment Programme (STEP) in Bradford and as a result, both have succesfully secured jobs. Ghani works in a barber shop in Huddersfield and Anas works for Timpsons. They spoke to the BBC about their experience and how they have started to integrate into British society.

Their stories featured on PM on BBC Radio 4, BBC Look North and was also written up for BBC News Online. The online story was in the top ten most- read articles on the day of publication.

STEP was established in 2016 and gives refugees the skills and support they need to get into work. Our partner in Bradford is Horton Housing and the programme is also delivered with the Refugee Council across West Yorkshire and Coventry City Council in the West Midlands. STEP has received support from the British government and our UK Programme Director recently received an MBE for her work helping refugees.

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The STEP project is part funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union.