Hire a Refugee
Refugee workers improve your bottom line. Strengthened by adversity, they make capable, resilient, and loyal employees. The International Institute of Erie’s (IIE) Job Developers offer comprehensive employment placement services that ensure employer satisfaction and high employee retention rates. Best of all, services are FREE to both refugees and employers.
Our Job Developers:
- Pre-screen applicants to find the most qualified workers
- Match employers with dependable employees
- Increase productivity by reducing staff turnover
- Manage external factors so that employees can focus on work at work
- Provide a consistent flow of dependable workers
- Ensure that refugees have access to English classes
- Facilitate communication between the employee and employer
- Follow up—we won’t disappear after the placement is made
Why Hire Refugees?
Skills: Refugees showcase a variety of employable skills. Erie’s refugee community is composed of doctors, nurses, small business owners, farmers, construction workers, graphic designers, tailors, and more. Most refugees speak several languages. Some refugees hold Master's Degrees; others are expert farmers or gifted artisans. If you're looking for a skilled employee, we can match you with a qualified refugee.
Strong Work Ethic, High Retention Rates: Refugees who come to the United States want to regain self-sufficiency and economic stability for their families. Strengthened by their experiences, they make capable, resilient, and loyal employees.
Built-in Retention Support: IIE manages external factors so that employees can focus on work at work. IIE's staff provides holistic services to refugees so that child care, transportation, and other peripheral factors are resolved before the job begins.
Positive Economic and Community Impact: Refugees are new Pennsylvanians; they contribute to the economy by spending locally, living locally, and paying taxes. Hiring refugees promotes self-sufficiency, strengthening our families and community. Refugees are hard-working, loyal employees who will improve your bottom line, while improving their own lives.
Tax Incentives: Some businesses qualify for tax incentives when they hire resettled refugees. For more information, visit the Department of Labor Website or contact your local DOL representative.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are refugees work authorized?
Absolutely! Refugees are authorized to work in the United States by the Department of Homeland Security and their work authorization does not expire. Resettled refugees are eligible to become citizens of the United States after five years.
Do refugees speak English?
Some refugees are fluent in English. Others attend daily English classes. If you hire an English language learner, IIE will coordinate free interpretation for on-the-job training and follow-up. Our Job Developers will arrange the interpretation and show you how to maximize this valuable service. In addition, IIE ensures that refugees have access to English classes, which are flexible according to students’ work schedules.
What is a refugee?
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. The United States Government and partner agencies, like IIE, resettle refugees in cities all over the country with the goals of self-sufficiency and personal stability.
Many refugees have high levels of education and are multi-lingual. All refugees have valuable skills that they bring to the workplace. Erie’s refugee community is composed of doctors, nurses, small business owners, farmers, construction workers, graphic designers, tailors, and more.
Are you interested in hiring a refugee? Want to learn more? Contact us:
Irina Teygart, Job Developer
Fadhail Ibraheem, Job Developer