Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Website Set Up by Former Refugees Connects Newcomers with Employers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Website Set Up by Former Refugees Connects Newcomers with Employers

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Website connects refugees with jobs

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WINNIPEG - A former refugee has launched a website aimed at connecting newcomers to Winnipeg with meaningful employment.

Omar Rahimi's site "Hire A Refugee" connects refugees with people seeking labourers.

He tells CTV Winnipeg that most of the work centres around home maintenance, including painting, furniture moving, demolition and snow shovelling.

Rahimi says he was inspired to launch the project based on his own experience moving to Canada 16 years ago from Iraq.

He says he's been working since arriving in Canada, but says it's hard to find a job, though knowing English makes it a little easier.

He says refugees can find employment through his website, and work on their language skills on the job.

"The best way to help them is to find them jobs, and that's what they want," he says. …

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