Pathways to Employment for Migrants and Refugees? the Case of Social Enterprise

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This paper examines the use of social enterprise - that is, not for personal profit businesses that have strong social purpose-to support training and employment pathways for migrants and refugees facing multiple forms of exclusion. Drawing on an evaluation of a program that supports seven social enterprises in the Australian state of Victoria, this paper finds that social enterprise affords unique local opportunities for economic and social participation for the program's participants. Nevertheless, there are limits to the impacts of programs that mediate transitions within an increasingly flexible labor market without redressing the broader social determinants of labor market segmentation.
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