Research by HumanRights360 on the attitudes of businesses towards the employment of refugees and immigrants.

As part of the Integration Service of HumanRights360, which since 2018 has been implementing programs for vulnerable social groups, qualitative and quantitative research was carried out on the attitudes of businesses towards the employment of refugees and immigrants.

The survey was conducted by research firm Focus Bari in two phases. Between 25-28 May 2021, the small-scale qualitative investigation was carried out with individual interviews in enterprises, and then, between 23 June and 26 July, the quantitative measurement (CATI survey) was carried out through telephone interviews.

Of the businesses that participated in the survey, just over 1 in 3 (36%) employ at least one refugee/immigrant. Of the rest, 40% do not rule out such a possibility, while only 24% of businesses do not declare their intention. More than 3 out of 5 businesses that currently employ refugees/immigrants were driven to the selection by a lack of other candidates for specific jobs (62%). The candidate’s personality played a role in the selection in almost 1 in 2 cases of companies, while 1 in 3 companies relied on the specialty as well as the ability to get along with the candidates they hired.

Importantly, 6 out of 10 businesses attribute the non-hiring of refugees/immigrants to their business to a random event. About 1 in 6 businesses answer that they have not hired refugees/immigrants because they do not possess the required qualifications needed for their businesses (18%) and/or they prefer people of Greek origin (14%).

The research was carried out in the framework of the project “Ensuring the Integration of Recognized Refugees” which is supported by the KAHANE Foundation.