"We always have to leave behind all our possessions. But not our skills and knowledge. If allowed to live a productive life, refugees can help themselves and contribute to the development of their host country."
We love this TED Talk that talks about why refugees want empowerment, not handouts. When refugees aren't allowed to work, it's harmful to refugees, forcing them to stay helpless and depend on handouts, denying them the opportunity to contribute to society, and whose skills may decline with lack of use over time. It's also a loss for the communities where they live, who miss out on the diversity of strengths and skills that refugees bring. That's why we're so committed to encouraging refugees to continue to improve their skills through our Study & Mentorship Programme, and to fighting for refugees to be able to work here in Hong Kong.