Dear Johannes, Wow!!! I did not imagine that posting my idea here would result in such brilliant insight and amazing feedback from the next side of the globe! Thank you!! I will definitely incorporate your contributions moving forward. You have stressed a lot on perception and I too have found this to be a major issue here as well. I like the concept of Universal Basic Employment, the mandatory learning of the local language and the targeting of specific communities to build up.
Interestingly enough, we have a small number of Syrian refugees here in Trinidad. However they do not ask for help nor do they require it. Most (I apologize for the generalization here) set up a gyro cart to sell food. They work hard at it and do very well. Over the past five years gyros have become a phenomenon in my country. Inclusion of the Syrian population here in Trinidad has been quite an example of retooling immigrants with an entrepreneurial skill! Perhaps, if we took something common from their culture that could add value in another and attached a bit of entrepreneurship to it the time to bridge the gap could be shortened?