When a refugee leaves his country and goes to another one, he needs to start over. One of the challenges is to get a new job. Mayra Prado, coordinator of the LAR, program of Compassiva, said that mos of them has a university education, but when they get in Brazil, can hardly work in their area. One of the obstacles is the prejudice that, according to Mayra, comes from the military dictatorship, “the Brazilian has that idea that the refugee is a fugitive and think that if he’s here, he did something wrong.”
The second difficulty to get a job is the language. Most of the refugees, besides their native language, speak English, but even so, “don’t get any job because in Brazil they don’t speak another language” and the priority is for those who speak Portuguese.
The social worker of the LAR, Lena Gonçalves also says another reason for the difficulties. The Brazil allows refugees have the same labor rights as any other citizen, as transportation ticket, but it “isn’t very clear in their minds. They prefer not to be registered to have more money. Often, this is more important than the benefits themselves by lack of understanding of the laws. “As a result of these three factors, many of them don’t look for a job, but open their own. “They have the culture to create their own business, so instead of taking brazilian jobs, they creat their,” says Mayra.
To help refugees in search of new employment, the International Office of the São Paulo state government held a salvage yard jobs where expatriates could fill entries and be in contact with companies. The Compassiva, besides offers free classes, also helps them to find a work through translation resumes, search for jobs according to their profile and mediation with the employer.