Employment Services

Refugees make invaluable contributions to Durham’s growing economy as workers, consumers, and entrepreneurs. We have seen first-hand the positive economic impact that refugees have on our community, and the research backs us up: a report from New American Economy shows that refugees paid almost $21 billion in taxes in 2015 and earned more than $77 billion in household income!

Since opening in 2009, CWS Durham’s employment program has supported refugee integration by facilitating 2,261 job placements for refugees across the Triangle. This essential service supports refugees resettled by CWS Durham and other agencies, giving them accessible economic opportunities and support as they build their lives in North Carolina. 

Resettled refugees have a wide spectrum of work experiences and skill sets. Some people have spent years in refugee camps where it was illegal for them to work; others were doctors or engineers in their home countries. Our employment team works hard to help each of our clients reach their employment goals, whether that means a job that can take care of their families or a job in their preferred career field.

“I wish to express my sincere appreciation for CWS and the refugee program. (Our new hires via CWS are) wonderful additions to our team and I am grateful for your service. Thank you again.”


Obtaining employment is the quickest road to self-sufficiency in the United States. Our employment program helps clients find sustainable job options in the Triangle area while working closely with their employers to facilitate the application process and support each client during the initial employment period. Best of all, all of our services are free of charge!

Our free services for refugee employees and employers include:

These services provide our clients with the support they need to make each hire a long-term success for both the client and the business that hires them. Our cultural experience and access to interpreters is key to facilitating a smooth transition into the workplace.

“Crew leader is really happy with the work (new arrival) is doing, he is dependable”

How does CWS help refugees with specialized skills?

How you can get involved with highly-skilled refugees:

Please reach out to Nandini Sridhar at nsridhar@cwsglobal.org or 919-759-1495 if you would like to learn more about how we help highly-skilled refugees or if you would like to hire a newly arrived refugee at your business.