October Programme Integration Support Services monthly newsletter September 2008 Activity Time Venue HELPING REFUGEES, MIGRANTS, AND OTHER ETHNIC MINORITIES Saturday activities 10.30 am – 1.30 pm Sure Start Centre, Parnall Road, TO INTEGRATE SUCCESSFULLY IN OUR COMMUNITY for families with (every Saturday) Harlow children English Course for beginners Suspended, please see note below* Coming Drop-in 1.30 pm – 5 pm 2 Wych Elm, Harlow soon! Thursdays (Rainbow building) Consultation and By appointment only 2 Wych Elm, Harlow Identity cards for advice (Rainbow building) foreign nationals From 25 November 2008 the Home Office will *English Course begin to issue identity cards to foreign nationals Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances applying for further leave to remain in the affecting our English course we have had to suspend United Kingdom under certain categories. The the course for a short while. We are working hard to first cards will be issued to migrants applying as find a suitable and committed tutor to recommence either a student, or who are the husband, wife, the course. We are very sorry for the inconvenience civil partner or unmarried partner of someone Office Address: caused by this interruption and hope to bring you holding permanent residence in the United 2 Wych Elm, (Rainbow building) positive news soon. Kingdom. Harlow Essex Applications under these categories are made by CM20 1QP using application forms FLR(S) or FLR(M). 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E-mail copies can be provided Give us a call for more information and we would be very celebrations in And all those who helped and on request. happy to explain in more details the benefits and challenges of September contributed towards the publication Marlene Brooks (Editor) becoming a trustee or a volunteer. of this issue Strict new jobs list for migrant Union leaders pledge to support September: This was the month Eid mubarak workers TUC and Refugee Council of two important celebrations A strict new list of shortage jobs which targets migration better at the needs of British businesses, while campaign to let asylum seekers for Muslim and Jewish Each year, Muslims spend the ninth month of the Islamic reinforcing the selective approach of the new Australian- work Communities calendar observing a style points based system, was presented to the Home On Wednesday 10 September, leaders from many of the community-wide fast. The Office on the 8 th of September by independent advisors. UK’s main trade unions joined the Trades Union annual fast of Ramadan is considered one of the five The recommended shortage occupation list would bring Congress (TUC) and the Refugee Council’s campaign to Rosh Hashanah "pillars" of Islam. Muslims who are physically able are in a more flexible, larger set of work categories but allow asylum seekers to work. The TUC will pledge its (literally, "head of the year"), one of the few solemn required to fast each day of the entire month, from would see the number of individual positions open to full involvement in the campaign by being the first to days in the Jewish calendar. sunrise to sunset. The evenings are spent enjoying migrants reduced by 30 per cent. sign a call for the government to let people seeking family and community meals, engaging in prayer and asylum in the UK work and support themselves. Rosh Hashanah is observed in the beginning of the spiritual reflection, and reading from the Qu'ran. The Home Office tasked the Migration Advisory seventh Hebrew month, Tishri, for two days by Committee (MAC), an independent panel of economists, Currently, almost all asylum seekers are barred from Orthodox and Conservative Jews, and for one by How is Eid al-Fitr Celebrated? with overhauling the current shortage occupation list and working, despite many having no immediate prospect of Reform Jews. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims observe a strict will now pressure test their recommendations carefully returning home. This means they are either destitute, or fast and participate in pious activities such as charitable before publishing the final list in October 2008. The being supported by the taxpayer. Rosh Hashanah is the start of the civil year in the giving and peace-making. It is a time of intense spiritual MAC's recommended list follows the most Hebrew calendar. It is the new year for people, animals, renewal for those who observe it. At the end of comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted Donna Covey, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council and legal contracts. Ramadan, Muslims throughout the world observe a anywhere in the world. It reduces the number of jobs said “we know asylum seekers want to work. Many are joyous three-day celebration called Eid al-Fitr (the open to migrants from one million to 700,000. The list highly qualified and had good jobs in their home The customs and ceremonies of the home also reflect Festival of Fast-Breaking). also defines more tightly which positions cannot easily countries, and are desperate to contribute to the country concern over the auspiciousness of the coming year: be filled by resident workers. that has taken them in. It is an outrage that they are left Eid al-Fitr falls on the first day of Shawwal, the month to rely on handouts from the state when they have so In addition to the recitation of Kiddush (the which follows Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. It is a Border and Immigration Minister Liam Byrne said: much to offer this country.” sanctification prayer said over wine) and the time to give in charity to those in need, and celebrate "Our new Australian-style points system is flexible to kindling of the festive lights on the eve of Rosh with family and friends the completion of a month of meet the needs of British business while ensuring that Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the TUC said: Hashanah, a piece of apple blessings and joy. only those we want and no more can come here to work. “Asylum seekers can wait months and even years before is dipped in honey. The decisions are made on their cases, so the bar on them person performing this Before the day of Eid, during the last few days of This tough new shortage occupation list supports that. working is causing severe economic hardship for their symbolic act implores, Ramadan, each Muslim family gives a determined "This strict list means 30 per cent fewer jobs are families. Forcing often highly skilled, highly trained "May it be God's will to amount as a donation to the poor. This donation is of available to migrants via the shortage occupation route. individuals to sit idle for considerable periods of time is grant us a good and sweet actual food -- rice, barley, dates, rice, etc. -- to ensure not only a personal tragedy for them but is also a huge year." that the needy can have a holiday meal and participate in "Those that do come will need to work hard, play by loss to the UK economy, which is missing out on their The person dips bread in the honey as well in the celebration. This donation is known as sadaqah al- the rules and speak English." many talents. The Government must think again and the hopes that just as the bread is sweet, so fitr (charity of fast-breaking). change the rules so that asylum seekers are allowed to may the experiences of the coming year be The final shortage occupation list will be published by work and are no longer forced to survive on benefits only the most pleasant. On the day of Eid, Muslims gather early in the morning the Home Office next month ahead of the skilled worker alone.” On the second night, a fruit that has not yet in outdoor locations or mosques to perform the Eid tier of the points system - known as Tier 2 - coming on- been eaten during the year is tasted and an prayer. This consists of a sermon followed by a short line in November. Tier 2 will ensure that opportunities appropriate benediction is recited. congregational prayer. After the Eid prayer, Muslims for British jobseekers are maintained by requiring JOB VACANCY usually scatter to visit various family and friends, give companies to prove they cannot fill the post with a The traditional gifts (especially to children), and make phone calls to resident worker before recruiting from outside Europe. (Temporary/Part-time) greeting on Rosh distant relatives to give well-wishes for the holiday. To get in under Tier 2 skilled foreign workers must Hashanah is These activities traditionally continue for three days. In have: a good grasp of English; prospective earnings of "shana tova", this most Muslim countries, the entire 3-day period is an more than £24,000 or have a good qualification and We are looking for a play worker for means in Hebrew official government/school holiday. enough money to support themselves for the first month annual leave cover "a good year," or of their stay. th (9 of November 08 - 9 th January 2009) "shana tova A family You must have at least NVQ 1 umetukah" for "a celebration The MAC report recommends that sectors should good and sweet and gift develop training strategies and look beyond migration qualification for play work and min 1 year," because year experience working with children. giving to for new recruits, which directly supports the Jews are being the children Government's aim to upskill the British workforce and CRB check is required for the chosen judged by God for ensure Britain remains a global leader in skills. the coming year. applicant. Rosh Hashanah table set with symbolic foods. Please call Marlene on 01279 639442 for By an informal chat and application form By Orit Granot Sharem Islam .