Fostering wellbeing of immigrants and refugees? Evaluating the outcomes of work integration social enterprise

Barraket, Jo (2013) Fostering wellbeing of immigrants and refugees? Evaluating the outcomes of work integration social enterprise. In Denny, Simon & Seddon, Frederick (Eds.) Social Enterprise : Accountability and Evaluation around the World. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon.

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Work integration social enterprises (WISE) seek to create employment and pathways to employment for those highly disadvantaged in the labour market. This chapter examines the effects of WISE on the wellbeing of immigrants and refugees experiencing multiple barriers to economic and social participation. Drawing on an evaluation of a programme that supports seven such enterprises in the Australian state of Victoria, the effects of involvement for individual participants and their communities are examined. The study finds that this social enterprise model affords unique local opportunities for economic and social participation for groups experiencing significant barriers to meaningful employment. These opportunities have a positive impact on individual and community-level wellbeing. However, the financial costs of the model are high relative to other employment programmes, which is consistent with international findings on intermediate labour market programmes. The productivity costs of WISE are also disproportionately high compared to private sector competitors in some industries. This raises considerable dilemmas for social enterprise operators seeking to produce social value and achieve business sustainability while bearing high productivity costs to fulfil their mission. Further, the evaluation illuminates an ongoing need to address the systemic and structural drivers of health and labour market inequalities that characterize socio-economic participation for immigrants and refugees.

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ID Code: 57696
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Wellbeing of immigrants, Wellbeing of refugees, Work integration, Social enterprise
ISBN: 9780415626095
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Routledge
Deposited On: 23 Jul 2013 22:02
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2016 15:23

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