The European Commission has announced a call for proposals for projects dealing with the swift labour market integration of asylum seekers, refugees and their family.
The objectives of the call are:
- promoting the development and testing of innovative and effective mechanisms to ensure quick integration into the labour market;
- developing sustainable multi-level partnership models that help the integration of the targeted groups into the labour market;
- sharing knowledge and experience between different Member States with existing swift and efficient integration mechanisms for refugees and asylum seekers.
The Commission expects the proposed actions to be creative and propose innovative measures whilst building on existing good practice. The Call also aims to put a strong emphasis on the challenges faced by women. Refugee women face more serious challenges in securing employment than their male peers but also than all other groups of migrant women. The employment rate for refugee women is on average 45% while for refugee men it is 62%. Moreover, refugee women have the highest rate of unemployment, 21%, versus 19% for refugee men and 17% for non-refugee migrant women.
The deadline for the call is 30 March 2017.