Despite COVID-19 continuing throughout 2021, over 123,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe.
Migrants play a role in the economies of the host countries in which they settle, with their labour market participation gaining importance in many European Union (EU) Member States over recent years. Migrant integration has become a key area for policy focus in recent years.
Activity rates for citizens of other EU Member States were higher than those for nationals in a majority of the EU’s regions in 2020. In the same year, in all EU Member States except for Poland, the employment rates for people with a tertiary level of educational attainment living in cities were lower among non-EU citizens than among nationals and citizens of other Member States.
To change this reality and ensure migrants and refugees equal inclusion and active participation in the EU labour market many organizations are testing innovative approaches. The following were shared by our members in this webinar:
The Opportunity Centre (Part of the aspire-igen group) and INFORMER project.
Supporting the economic and social integration of migrant women, increasing their capacity to interact and feel at ease in their social environment and participate in social and political life at a local level.
Red Acoge and SENSIBILIZA project.
Turning cultural diversity into a generating element of value in work environments through training, awareness, measuring the state of involvement of companies through the Diversity index, and creating meeting spaces.
Materahub and the ELYME project: Entrepreneurial Labs for Young Migrants across Europe
Supporting migrants in starting up their business or in its growth in order for them to become self-confident, self-employed and build a successful enterprise in the host countries.