Opening Doors to Refugees - Business in the Community

Opening Doors to Refugees

Inclusive Recruitment:
can your business be a lifeline for refugees?

It is almost impossible not to be shocked and saddened by the events in Ukraine. The humanitarian crisis has put refugees high on the agenda of responsible businesses, and there is widespread recognition that employment is the most important factor in successful refugee integration1. Businesses must take action to make their jobs more accessible to Ukrainian refugees as well as to the 270,000 refugees2 already in the UK from countries around the world including Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.

About the Opening Doors campaign

Opening Doors is Business in the Community’s (BITC) inclusive recruitment campaign. It has the ambition to make 2 million jobs more inclusive by asking businesses to remove barriers to work for disadvantaged people, including refugees.

The campaign identifies five ‘keys’ that unlock employment opportunities for excluded groups. These five key principles are underpinned by targeted actions. By showing your commitment to opening doors to refugees you will receive access to the 15 principles and actions that will have the greatest impact for this group of jobseekers.
Show your commitment by completing the form below.

Five keys to inclusive recruitment
  • Create partnerships that connect people from disadvantaged groups to your jobs.
  • Show candidates that you are committed to inclusion.
  • Make sure job descriptions and adverts are comprehensive and use inclusive language.
  • Focus on the essential skills and capabilities that are needed for the job.
  • Prioritise accessibility and eliminate bias.

Your action is needed

  • 35% of employers do not know if it is legal to hire refugees3.
  • Refugees are four times more likely to be unemployed than UK nationals and of those in work4, 20% have to take jobs that underutilise their skills and experience5.
  • Job vacancies are at the highest level on record,6 employers must tap into new pools of talent to prosper.

Commit to making your jobs accessible to refugees

Complete the form below to express your organisation’s interest in becoming an Opening Doors to Refugees employer. A member of the team will contact you to discuss the next stage.







    Within two working days of submitting this form you will receive a short questionnaire asking you to identify the actions you will take as part of the campaign. Please add to your safe senders' list.



    Thank you. Look out for your questionnaire coming soon

    1. Breaking barriers The Refugee Employment Crisis: Barriers to Employment.
    2. Refugee Council The truth about asylum.
    3. BITC and YouGov 2020
    4. Breaking barriers The Refugee Employment Crisis: Barriers to Employment.
    5. ibid.
    6. Office for National Statistics (2022) Vacancies and jobs in the UK: April 2022