One of the aims of the Refugee Employment Network is to ensure that we can advocate and highlight opportunities for the sector.
Therefore, REN sent out a survey to NGOs and local authorities to learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on these organisations; the delivery of their services/refugee community and to know how REN can help in the coming six months to make sure that REN’s members can deliver the best services.
- To learn about COVID-19 impact on organisations
- To learn about COVID-19 impact on targeted communities (refugees)
- To learn how REN can help in the coming six months
1. The impact of COVID-19 on organisations:
To learn about this area, REN raised a number of questions- including:
- Have any of your staff members been furloughed during COVID-19?
- What is the percentage of the furloughed staff in your organisation?
- What has been the impact from COVID-19 on your livelihood support services?
2. The impact of COVID-19 on the refugee community
To learn about this area, REN raised the following question:
To the best of your knowledge, what percentage of your participants have lost jobs during the coronavirus?
3. Support needs in next six months
To learn about this area, REN raised a number of questions some of which are:
- How do you expect the demand for your services will change over the next 6 months?
- What kind of support do you expect your participants will need over the next 6 months?
- How do you think your organisation's capacity to delivery support services will change over the next 6 months?
- What kind of support do you think your organisation will need over the next 6 months?
- Lost jobs: service providers are reporting that on average 1 in 3 refugees have lost jobs
- Increased demand: 43% of REN’s members think that demand for their services will increase significantly in the coming six months
- Access to jobs: 92% of REN members’ participants need employment support in the next 6 months; both access to jobs and relevant training
- Connections to employers: The majority of REN’s members (70%) require connections to employers to meet this demand
Note on responses:
There was a clear correlation between the organisations that responded that demand for their services would stay the same or decrease and those that did not have information on how many of their participants had lost jobs during the virus. In light of this, we would suggest those datasets be treated with caution.