Labour Market Integration


Early and successful labour market integration increases self-efficacy and is key to harnessing the full contributions of migrants and refugees in their new communities. Yet there can be barriers to integration such as an inability to transfer qualifications, differences in cultural values, insufficient language skills, and a mismatch between experience and opportunities.

We aim to reduce these barriers by analysing employer and migrant needs, creating opportunities for migrants and developing partnerships for increased employer and migrant engagement.

In 2019 IOM published the Employers Guide to Help British Businesses Employ Refugees in partnership with UNHCR and the UK Government. The Guidelines can be accessed here

LINK IT: Linking pre-departure and post-arrival support to facilitate the socio-economic integration for resettled refugees in the EU.

Funded by the EU, LINK IT is an innovative project aimed at delivering better integration outcomes for Syrian refugees resettled from Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to Germany, Portugal, Romania and the United Kingdom.
The project focuses on strengthening the link between pre-departure and post-arrival integration support
for refugees.

The Skills2Work project takes steps towards ensuring better conditions for early and successful labour market integration of refugees.

This is achieved by enhancing capacities of relevant authorities, service providers and employers to facilitate early validation of competences and skill-based job-matching, as well as enabling access to information and services for skill recognition for refugees.

FromSkills2Work is an interactive, online web-directory designed to assist employers, local service providers and beneficiaries of international protection in navigating early, successful and sustained labour market integration.

FromSkills2Work contains information on existing services, organisations, projects and initiatives that support the identification of skills, knowledge and competencies of beneficiaries of international protection in nine EU Member States.