The Passage is the United Kingdom’s largest voluntary Day Centre for the homeless. This Christian-based charity located in Victoria officially opened in March 2000 with the aim of supporting vulnerable people of London out of homelessness. Emergency shelters and drop-in agencies like the Passage are reporting an increase in the use of their services by migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. A lack of English language proficiency has been cited as the most common problem facing them, resulting in difficulties finding work, accommodation and limiting access to public services. In order to counter these problematic language barriers, the Passage provides its clients with access to targeted support through bilingual advice.
Monthly Archives: March 2009
The Growth of Turkey
Turkey’s success is down to its economic focus on ‘service’ rather than agriculture.
48 per cent – nearly half of all SMEs in the UK now employ non-UK nationals compared to 21 per cent in 2006. Migrant workers are a valuable resource for UK businesses and have contributed to economic growth in previous years by covering labour shortages and filling skill gaps at low salaries. However, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have picked up on concerns that migrant workers could be missing out on crucial health and safety training because employers are not providing safety material in any language other than English.
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