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.
Eugenio Ambrosi, Regional Director of IOM’s Regional Office for the EU, Norway and Switzerland discussed with The New European the tools to fight irregular migration and highlighted the importance of communication campaigns in the countries of origin.