Refugees turned entrepreneurs: ‘I needed to think about the future’

 Edin Basic, co-founder of Firezza pizza company arrived in London in the 1990s as a refugee from Bosnia.

Edin Basic, co-founder of Firezza pizza company arrived in London in the 1990s as a refugee from Bosnia.

It was nearly five years ago when Razan Alsous fled Syria with her husband and three children and arrived in Huddersfield with all their belongings squeezed into one suitcase. Ambitious and determined to carve out a new, and better, life, Alsous sought to find a job. But despite her scientific background and pharmacy degree, it was a massive battle; companies demanded references and a history of working in the UK that she simply didn’t have.

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