What about learning English?

A:

This is certainly one of the most important things you will need to help your refugee family with, for in most cases they will have only the most basic English before they get here.  They will learn a lot quickly just through chatting with you and being out and about in your community.  Organising informal conversation classes is a good idea. But of course, learning English well enough to settle successfully requires more than that.

So, sponsors have to provide formal English language tuition, by a suitably qualified ESOL teacher, for 8 hours a week within one month of refugee family’s arrival. This needs to continue for at least twelve months or until a refugee has reached what’s called Entry Level 3 (whichever is the sooner).

Obtaining English language qualifications will help refugees in finding work.

More details in the Learning English section on the Act page.

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