The potential of refugee entrepreneurs is huge. But they need our help


Refugees are already equipped with the key skills to succeed in business and their contribution can be worth billions of dollars

  • Philippe Legrain
  • The Guardian

Kinan Al Halabi arrived in Australia in 2016 as a refugee from the civil war in Syria.

He spoke English, had a university degree, had taught computer science in Syria and had experience working for Swedish telecoms company Ericsson.

Yet his qualifications weren’t recognised in Australia and obtaining an Australian degree would have taken three years, so the best job he could find was as an entry-level analyst for Telstra.

But he resolved…

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