Sona Circle Recruitment Helping Refugees find Jobs and Employment Opportunities

Reading Time: 2 minutes     Aanya Bhandari, Sona Circle With the refugee unemployment rate (pre-COVID) at 18%, more than four times that of the UK average, refugee recruitment remains a key social and economic issue for over 150,000 refugees in the UK.  In attempting to enter the labour market, refugees are faced with several barriers, both social and […]

Meet Me at Fatma’s: An Inspirational Story of Refugees in Entrepreneurship

Reading Time: 2 minutes     By Katy Cottrell, Sona Circle Meet Me at Fatma’s is a series of pop-up brunch shops which serve delicious food inspired by traditional Yemeni cuisine. The founder of this business, Fatma Al-Baiti says that each dish is served with its own twist and has been inspired by ‘a certain tradition practised in our […]

In Conversation with Lord Alf Dubs about Refugees in the UK

Lord Dubs

Reading Time: 3 minutes     By Katie McAdam, Sona Circle Two terms in the House of Commons, seven years as Refugee Council director, and a life peerage in the House of Lords; Lord Dubs’ impressive CV makes him one of the UK’s most prominent refugee campaigners.  For Lord Dubs protecting refugee rights have always been at the centre of […]

#EqualTees by Sona Circle

Equal Tees

Reading Time: 3 minutes     By Katy Cottrell, Sona Circle As coronavirus swept across the UK many business sectors were hit extremely hard. The resulting increase in unemployment has been felt across the country, and especially in major cities like London, Manchester and Birmingham. One group of individuals that has felt the impact the most has been refugees […]

Refugee Access to Technology During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Reading Time: 3 minutes     By Katy Cottrell, Sona Circle During the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us have felt grateful for the digital world which has helped us stay in touch with loved ones, informed with important information and constantly entertained. However, recent research from Breaking Barriers has highlighted the discrepancy in digital access between refugees living in […]

5 Tips for Refugees on How to Write a Resume

Reading Time: 4 minutes     By Carol Duke, Contributor There are many reasons people around the world seek to build a new life in a different country. For refugees, this can mean leaving their home country entirely. Once you settle in and rebuild your life, it’s time to seek a new job. Of course, what better way to […]

Our Sangha: Mindfulness in Life and in Business

Our Sangha

Reading Time: 4 minutes     By Katie McAdam, Sona Circle After gaining a well-regarded role as an analyst at J.P Morgan, Amr Sabbah seemed to have it all. With a proud family, a secure income and a successful career, Sabbah was satisfied with his life.  Following his first year at the global finance giant, Sabbah’s initial contentment faded […]

An Insight to the Italian Migration and Asylum System

The Italian Migration and Asylum System

Reading Time: 3 minutes     Agnese Pierobon, Sona Circle As the COVID-19 pandemic has destroyed lives, economies and health systems across the world, many communities have experienced disruption. One annual event occurring each summer in Italy which has seen no change over the years; the arrival of migrants in the southern shores of the country. This summer, however, […]

Business Grants to Support Companies Hiring Refugees

Business grants for Refugees

Reading Time: 2 minutes     By Zoe Allen, Sona Circle Hiring Refugees: Funding for Your Business   Having discovered the benefits of hiring refugees, you might be interested in exploring some avenues that could provide extra funding for a new hire. For training schemes, like apprenticeships, there is government funding available, and you may also be able to […]