Employability for Refugees in South Africa

WhatsApp: + 27 84 313 7407 Email: info@southernafricayouth.org

Email: info@southernafricayouth.org
Call: + 27 11 071 1903
WhatsApp: + 27 84 313 7407

SayPro is a non-profit organization that provides various training services to the community. They provide training in drugs and substance abuse. This training is provided because, during adolescence, a young person goes through biological and psychological changes. In addition to the physical changes that mark growing up, the teen’s brain is also developing ways to work more effectively. We empower more than 10 000 youth by providing Life and Work Readiness skills through ICT based programs.

Immigrants in South Africa had a positive impact on employment and wages for locals between 1996 and 2019, with each immigrant worker generating approximately two jobs for citizens.

Within the context of frequent political discourse that blames migrants and refugees for “stealing” local jobs, “Mixed Migration, Forced Displacement and Job Outcomes in South Africa. A majority of unemployed citizens of South Africa, point a finger at migrants from neighboring countries such as Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Nigeria for lack of jobs, most may take this likely but on the other hand, it has an impact on locals getting jobs.

South Africa is already faced with the issue of people competing for limited resources and on the other hand, employers prefer cheap labor and this is where most migrants come simply because a lot of them are desperate to settle and earn something to help them survive, employers find it easy to exploit them by paying them low salaries and wages that South African would agree to and this results in them blamed for unavailability of jobs.

In spite of what was discussed above, we cannot turn a blind positive impact that immigrants had on the labor market is substantiated along several lines in the study. Research shows that immigrants and locals are not perfect substitutes, as such they may specialize in different tasks that lead to overall productivity gains. Foreign and local-born workers might, in fact, perform complementary tasks, and for this reason, the two groups may not always compete for similar jobs, as is widely perceived.

As a result, this complementarity can increase the productivity of local workers, generating positive results for their employment and wages. However, this is most applicable for skills workers and is often different for people in poor and disadvantaged areas because such people compete for whichever opportunities are available.

SayPro launched a refugee employability integration program with the focus on conducting research to find out how refugees can be integrated into skills development opportunities and further assisted in accessing employment opportunities.

Like other studies done we have found out that immigrants tend to have lower levels of risk and are entrepreneurial, which may have positive effects on the economy. Our study also revealed that more than 45% of migrants open prefer running a business rather than working for others and some of the reasons are that they cannot cope with the lengthy process of getting legal working documents, working for lower wages.

The possible solution to ensure that people have the skills to access jobs and start their own businesses is to structure the school curriculum in a manner that does not educate and prepare people to become employees but also starts their own businesses and employs others.

Email: info@southernafricayouth.org/ Call: 011 071 1903

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