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Better Work for Immigrants: Tackling Joblessness and Stunted Progression in the European Union

November 18, 2014

Brussels, Belgium

Better Work for Immigrants: Tackling Joblessness and Stunted Progression in the European Union


9:30 — 9:45:    Introduction: Georg Fischer, Director for Analysis, Evaluation, and External Relations, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion, European Commission

9:45 – 11:15:   Session I: Bleak Picture or Steady Progress? Labour Market Outcomes of New Arrivals in Europe

  • David Metcalf, Chair, Migration Advisory Committee, United Kingdom
  • Marie-Hélène Amiel, Head of Statistics, Studies, and Documentation, General Directorate for Foreigners in France, Ministry of Interior
  • Thomas Liebig, Senior Migration Specialist, Directorate for Employment, Labour, and Social Affairs, OECD
  • Madeleine Sumption, Director of Research, MPI International Program
  • Claire Courteille, Director, ILO-Brussels

11:30 – 13:00:  Session II: Can Training Get Migrants into Middle-Skilled Jobs? Working More Effectively with Social Partners and Civil Society

  • Meghan Benton, Policy Analyst, MPI
  • Gesine Kessler-Mohr, Hamburg Chamber of Crafts and Manager of IQ Network Hamburg
  • Zuzanna Muskat-Gorska, Policy Advisor, International Trade Union Confederation
  • Christiane Kuptsch, Senior Specialist, ILO
  • Johan Nylander, Operations Coordinator, Department of Integration and Introduction, The Swedish Public Employment Service 

13:00 – 14:00:  LUNCH

14:00 – 15:30:  Session III: Where Next? The Future of Integration Policy in Europe

  • Laura Corrado, Acting Head of Immigration and Integration Unit, Directorate-General for Home Affairs, European Commission
  • Katerina Stepankova, Head of Foreign Employment Unit, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Czech Republic
  • Tommi Teljosuo, Senior Advisor, Deputy Head of Division for Integration and Urban Development, Ministry of Employment, Sweden
  • Elizabeth Collett, Director, MPI Europe

Newly arrived immigrants in Europe are at greater risk of unemployment and over-represented in the lowest skilled jobs. But is low-skilled work an inevitable trap or can governments help lift migrants into more skilled jobs? This meeting will discuss the dynamics by which migrants get stuck in low-skilled work, and the role of training and employment services in helping them progress in their occupations. This event concludes an MPI-ILO research project, funded by the European Commission, that examines employment prospects of foreign-born workers and the effectiveness of integration and workforce development policies in helping foreign-born workers overcome barriers and move up into middle-skilled positions in six case study countries: the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Read reports from the series here.

Policymakers and experts address questions such as:

  • How can policymakers improve access to skills and language training for those in temporary or low-skilled work?
  • Is it realistic to expect non-economic migrants who arrive with low levels of language and literacy to get jobs, let alone access middle-skilled work?
  • How can governments make the case for labor market integration policies in a difficult political and financial context?
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