Home' Border Enterprise : Summer-Autumn 2011-2012 Contents 19
Vol 5. Summer/Autumn
HUNDREDS of refugees making
their home on the Border are not
being helped to find jobs, volunteer
More than 1000 migrants have
resettled in Albury, Wodonga and Wangaratta
Albury businesses adviser Tim Farrah said the
new arrivals risked welfare dependency because
job providers were not backing them.
He said he had managed to find jobs for about
a dozen of the 400 Bhutanese who had recently
moved to the area.
"After two frustrating years of relying on the
job network providers, we have found it is
not the role of the providers to find work for
anyone," Mr Farrah said.
"Federal government support in helping
refugees leave camps in Nepal is wonderful but
it stops short of any real assistance to find them
He said finding a job was the missing link in
"They cannot truly put down roots without
secure employment," he said. "Unemployment
can lead to criminal activity."
"The Bhutanese want to buy a house and they
can't do that without being fully employed.
"They will travel anywhere to get work."
The new arrivals are getting rave reviews from
businesses that have taken them on.
Mani Rai, 28, is training on the job at Wilson
Transformers Wodonga, thanks to Mr Farrah.
Company supervisor Shane Clark said Mr Rai
was an excellent worker who showed initiative.
"Give disadvantaged people a chance and
you get a very loyal employee," Mr Clark said.
Wendy and David Cooper, from Milspec
Manufacturing, have found Krishna Subedi, 40,
a fantastic employee.
They say his happiness is infectious and his
work ethic so strong they made his job full-time
Mrs Cooper said any fears she had had Mr
Subedi might not fit in had evaporated.
"I worried English would be a challenge, but
it's not. He tries hard and continues to improve
his language," she said.
Mr Farrah said at least 60 more Bhutanese
needed jobs and he urged the Immigration
Department to appoint an advocate for them.
But a spokesman for the Immigration Minister
Chris Bowen said the settlement program
provided refugees with suitable skills, including
how to find work.
For more information, contact Tim Farrah on
0400 662 101.
Mani Rai at work at Wilson Transformers
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