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On Wednesday 12th October 2016, IOM UK and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) organised a roundtable discussion with national stakeholders representing the UK government, civil society organisations, business and the private sector, refugee communities, academics and international organisations, to examine the challenges, barriers and gaps faced in fostering the early entry of refugees into the labour market, to find creative solutions that address these challenges and to facilitate cross sector interaction, as part of the Skills2Work project.

Labour market integration of refugees is essential to the overall successful integration both from the perspective of individuals as well as societies. Through employment, refugees not only regain confidence and independence, but become active contributors to their new communities, creating social connections and sharing their expertise and experiences.

Skills2Work is an EU-funded project focusing on labour market integration of beneficiaries of international protection in Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The Project will take steps towards ensuring better conditions for early and successful labour market integration of refugees and beneficiaries of international protection by enhancing capacities of relevant authorities, service providers and employers to facilitate early validation of competencies and skill-based job-matching, and enabling access to information and services for skill recognition.

For further information, please contact Myriam Mwizerwa at IOM UK, Tel: +44 207 811 6078, Email: