Refugee body calls for greater access to English teaching

The Employability Forum, the charity that promotes the employment of refugees in the UK, has arranged a conference on 3 April to address the "critically low numbers" of people teaching English to refugees.

The meeting in London, titled English Spoken Here?, has been set up to resolve issues relating to Home Office proposals that refugees and asylum seekers must be able to speak English to gain British citizenship.

Ram Gidoomal, chairman of the forum, said: "This is intended as a wake-up call to the Government, employers and educationalists to make more effective use of the skills and experience which people bring with them to the UK."

Dave Garratt, deputy director of asylum advice at Refugee Action, said: "Refugees have a huge enthusiasm to learn English, but there aren't enough outlets. There must be more finance for colleges to teach English, especially in areas with lots of refugees."

- See Agenda on page 5.

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