Diaspora organisations can be an important tool in development cooperation. This is why more and more EU governments are adopting measures to engage them. Agreement on their effectiveness, though, is lacking.
Skills2Work is an EU-supported project focusing on labour market integration of recognized refugees in Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Employers play an essential role in the integration of refugees. The Skills2Work project explores the benefits and challenges of recognising migrants’ skills, knowledge and competencies; and subsequently recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce.
“Mentoring for Migrants” is a unique project launched by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber in 2008. To date, nearly 1.800 mentoring pairs have been formed, and numerous mentees have already gained a foothold on the Austrian labour market, not least thanks to support from their mentors.
This weekend, the EU will celebrate its 60 years, in a moment of crisis. If it wants to survive, it should revive its vision and heal the division inside its society: it should become a community.