Home Office recognition for QED UK

Home Office recognition for QED UK

An initiative run by Bradford-based QED UK has been recognised as a best practice model by the Home Office.

QED’s New Arrivals Programme, supported by Jobcentre Plus, which provides practical assistance to people arriving from overseas to live in West Yorkshire, has been included in a Home Office report as a positive example of an early integration initiative.

The Advisory Board of Naturalisation and Integration published the report on Thursday. The report concludes that although migration can have social, cultural, economic and humanitarian benefits, it can only be successful if there is an effective integration process to support the migrants.

The New Arrivals Programme offers new immigrants advice and support in finding a job, education or training. Sameen Gul joined the programme in June 2004 having arrived from Pakistan where she had just completed a Masters in Business Administration at Punjab University. With NAP’s assistance, Sameen found a work placement with a food company in its customer service department and was offered a full time job within weeks. She went on to start a marketing degree at Bradford University.

QED deputy chief executive Adeeba Malik MBE is a member of the advisory board. She said: “Finding a job and settling into a new country is always a daunting experience for anyone. We are delighted that the Home Office has acknowledged our programme because it is a simple but effective way of helping the UK’s immigrants integrate successfully into society. We hope that other groups across the UK can recognise this and implement similar programmes to support these people.”

The Advisory Board of Naturalisation and Integration was set up to look at the content, conduct and implementation of programmes of study for potential citizens. The report highlights the achievements of the advisory board so far and underlines the challenges for the future. Applications for British citizenship in 2005 rose by 64% to 217,475, with the number of persons granted British citizenship rising by 15% to 161,780. This is set to increase over the next decade.

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