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Contributions and challenges of voluntary organizations towards the integration of refugees into the job market

Pablo Marlon Medeiros da Silva (Department of Applied Social Sciences, Federal Rural University of the Semi-Arid, Mossoro, Brazil)
Walid Abbas El-Aouar (Potiguar University-Roberto Freire Campus, Natal, Brazil)
Thaís Teles Firmino (Potiguar University-Roberto Freire Campus, Natal, Brazil) (Business Administration, Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil)
Juliana Carvalho de Sousa (Potiguar University-Roberto Freire Campus, Natal, Brazil)
Wesley Vieira da Silva (Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Maceio, Brazil)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

ISSN: 2040-7149

Article publication date: 26 November 2021

Issue publication date: 26 April 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to understand the contributions and challenges of voluntary organizations towards the integration of refugees into the job market.

Design/methodology/approach

Descriptive research with a qualitative approach based on interpretivism was used, applied to mediators of social entities in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.

Findings

The findings of this study support the importance of voluntary organizations in the employment of refugees, based on background that will contribute directly to the training of displaced persons in the Brazilian labor market. Meanwhile, difficulties such as post-employment refugee monitoring, legislative obstacles to the verification of skills, structural and human capital limitations of mediators, the national economic crisis and the lack of government support are identified as the main challenges for long-term assistance to refugees.

Practical implications

The results of the study can foster greater participation of public policymakers and society in supporting the third sector, aiming at a greater reach in the provision of services of mediators for the effective integration of refugees in Brazil.

Originality/value

This study contributes to the literature on the integration of refugees into the labor market by demonstrating the importance of voluntary organizations in this process. It also demonstrates how the main challenges of the third sector in the Brazilian context impact its support in facilitating and maintaining the employment of displaced persons.

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Acknowledgements

Declaration of conflict of interests: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Citation

da Silva, P.M.M., El-Aouar, W.A., Firmino, T.T., de Sousa, J.C. and da Silva, W.V. (2022), "Contributions and challenges of voluntary organizations towards the integration of refugees into the job market", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 41 No. 4, pp. 608-623. https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-07-2020-0203

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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