human development, social justice and sustainable social systems

Inclusion of migrants into the labour market

Stakeholders from different backgrounds meet to discuss

On 28 June, Caritas Europa organised a roundtable on multi-stakeholders’ strategic partnerships for the active inclusion of migrants in the labour market.

As Jorge Nuño Mayer, Secretary General of Caritas Europa, highlighted “for an effective and holistic integration of migrants, the responsibility for integration must not rest with migrants only, but rather with many actors and, more importantly, the structures that enable migrants to participate fully in society must be put in place.” Several experiences from the national and local levels also showed that successful practices are those where Caritas cooperates with the private sector and local actors.

Following these two principles, the meeting brought together policymakers, the private sector, employers, social and economic partners and civil society actors. The purpose was to discuss how to facilitate the recruitment and retention of migrants and how to build partnerships and synergies between different stakeholders at the European level to promote more effective socio-economic practices that foster migrant integration.

The European Commission presented several initiatives, such as “Employers together for integration” aiming at giving visibility to positive actions developed by employers in Europe and the EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals to support early profiling of the skills of refugees, migrants and citizens of non-EU countries. The agreement “European Partnership for Integration” signed by the European Commission and the EU Social and Economic partners was presented as a concrete tentative to join forces for job creation and the inclusion of migrants.

Several good practices were also presented, such as the mentor programme developed by Caritas Norway and the inspiring experiences of the Magdas Hotel (Austria) and Formacio i Treball (Spain).

Several participants support actions going beyond education and qualification and focus on activities that aim at developing an enabling environment in the companies, for example in developing awareness-raising actions among human resources staff.

The participants stressed the positive impact and the business interest for companies to recruit and train migrants, especially in addressing issues such as labour shortages or to reach new customers. The participants agreed on the need to promote diversity in the workplace as a positive and added value.

They also emphasised the importance of improving connections between partners and avoiding working in silos, as well as the need to include more migrants’ associations in the process.

Considering the positive feedback and the interest of participants to join forces for the effective inclusion of migrants, Caritas Europa looks forward to starting new cooperation at European level, building on partnerships already existing at national and local levels to scale up promising practices and working better together at the European policy level.