Refugees have been forced to flee their home countries to save their lives, with no time to prepare for relocation or to work on their employment strategy. While many businesses are enthusiastic about employing refugees, often they don’t know where to start. This video introduces the topic of refugee employment and discusses a few strategies that employers could consider when attempting to hire refugee jobseekers, in order to maximize the huge potential that refugees workers can offer to their businesses.

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A brief list of publications and resources linked to this research project can be found here:


Lee, E. S., Szkudlarek, B., Nguyen, D. C., & Nardon, L. (2020). Unveiling canvas ceiling: A multidisciplinary literature review and research agenda of refugee employment and workforce integration, International Journal of Management Reviews, 22(2), 193-216.

Nardon, L., Zhang, H., Szkudlarek, B., & Gulanowski, D. (2020). Identity work in refugee workforce integration: The role of newcomer support organizations. Human Relations. In-press

Szkudlarek, B., Nardon, L., Osland, J., Adler, N., & Lee, E. S. (2019). When context matters: What happens to international theory when researchers study refugees. Academy of Management Perspectives. In-press.

Roy, P. A., Szkudlarek, B., & Caprar, D. V. (2020). Refugees and Cross-Cultural Management Studies. In B. Szkdularek, L. Romani, D. V. Caprar, & J. Osland (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of contemporary cross-cultural management (Ch. 30). Sage Publications.

Szkudlarek, B. (2019). Engaging business in refugee employment: the employer’s perspective. Sydney, Australia: The University of Sydney Business School:

To find practical resources on how employers can improve refugee workforce integration, please visit the following websites:

Humans Like Us (
Tent Partnership for Refugees (