The Weekly Round-Up
The Weekly Round-Up
Welcome to The Briefing newsletter by Jason Clarke and Will Maddox. This week, we look at hundreds of refugees rescued by Spain, Rohingyas returning to their homeland, a welcome in Wales and economic benefits of hiring displaced people. The Briefing is a collaboration between Seek the Peace and We Welcome Refugees.
A ship with 630 migrants was stranded in the Mediterranean Sea after Italy’s Prime Minister refused to let it dock on Sicily because of his hard line stance against immigration. 500 of the migrants were transferred to Italian Coast Guard and naval ships and are on their way to Spain, which has agreed to take them in. The ship included 120 unaccompanied minors and 12 pregnant women.
Myanmar signed a pact with the United Nations to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled the country after a military crackdown. The agreement accounts for 700,000 refugees who have been living in brutal conditions across the border in Bangladesh for their “voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable” return to their home state. The UN has called the conflict between the Muslim Rohingya and the Buddhist dominated country “ethnic cleansing.”
A town in Wales called Haverfordwest has joined a community sponsorship program for a Syrian family. In the U.K. a group of citizens can commit to helping refugees with housing, education, medicine, language and employment. 25 families have been settled in the U.K. through the program, but it is growing. 30 residents of the 13,000-person town signed up for the program, which requires raising the equivalent of $12,000 to help support the family.
A recent study found the financial benefits of hiring refugees. Two companies experienced positive outcomes from the hires, with increased loyalty and dependability relative to the average worker. When an Atlanta based manufacturer could not find enough employees, it turned to hiring refugees. The average retention rate three months into the job is 40 percent for their industry, but the company experienced a 70 percent retention rate, which is line with the 73 percent retention across several similar companies.