Here is a short speech that I made today , Thursday the 31st of May 2012 in-front of a group of advocates, participants and facilitators for the Happy Soul Event in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
The theme was “ Socio-economic disadvantaged people in Kingston “
The content :
This category is common among the refugees and asylum seekers that have come to the United Kingdom from various places in Africa and Asia. It is often difficult for these people to live as poor among the rich.
Disadvantaged people are often housed in Social and deprived areas of Boroughs like Kingston and are sometimes seen as second class citizens . In this case most of the disadvantaged people live in Cambridge states of Norbiton , Kingstnypmton Park at Kingston Hill or in other Social housing states at School lane in Tolworth .
It is mostly difficult for these people to get jobs because most of them did not have formal education back home in their countries of origin. The degrees of those that have attained higher education in their countries are not honoured in UK unless they go through further education and obtain British issued certificates/Degrees.
It is particularly difficult for people from my country to get jobs due to both language and religious barriers. For many refugees from my country, it is like a dream that didn’t come true.
Disadvantaged people are trapped in the benefits system with meagre pay followed by continuous utility bills that depress them because of demands that follow if they default in payments.
The wages are very low for this category if they are lucky enough to get jobs. The only jobs that few of these people have got so far are cleaning, security or parking attendance. Paying taxes, rent and utility bills leaves with them merely very little to spare, therefore causing some of them to opt for the continuous stay on benefits.
Isolation is common among these groups as they cannot afford to travel beyond their Borough due to cost of travel. Cultural and social barriers are also among the main reasons why people opt to stay alone and at home. Many fear of crime and harassment if they happen to defend themselves and end up in police custody.
Getting skills beyond ESOL is often impossible for the people of this category as education is very expensive in UK and getting trained for the basic skills to get the refugees into employment do not exist , not mentioning CV writing , basic IT skills or improved English speaking classes.