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Strengthening Labor Market Integration of Immigrants in Europe: Innovative Ways to Prepare Migrants Before Departure
February 17, 2015

Balmoral (I) Room, Stanhope Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

Strengthening Labor Market Integration of Immigrants in Europe: Innovative Ways to Prepare Migrants Before Departure

EventPH 2015.2.17 Strengthening labor market integration of immigrants in Europe predeparture measures revisited and innovative approaches
Advisory program for migrants/MunicipioPinas

Kathleen Newland, Director of the Migrants, Migration, and Development Program, Migration Policy Institute

Irene M. Isaac, Deputy Director General, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, the Philippines  

Tobias Billström, First Deputy Speaker of the Swedish Parliament and former Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy, Sweden


Welcome & Introductions by:
Anna Wittenborg, Head of Strategy & Business Development, Directorate for Migration, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Maria Vincenza Desiderio, Policy Analyst, MPI Europe

Testimonials by:
Asma Aissaoui, electrical engineer at FEV GmbH, Aachen
Sabine Treike, Geschäftsführerin alma via PFLEGEGRUPPE

Protracted periods of unemployment, underemployment, or inactivity in the first years after migration have long-term negative consequences on migrants’ socioeconomic integration at destination and on their capacity to contribute to origin-country development. An increasing number of governments of migrant-sending and -receiving countries have come to recognize the integration benefits that early intervention in the migration process brings. As such, predeparture programs have become widespread. However, efforts to promote integration prior to the migration journey are often carried out unilaterally, which limits their reach and constrains their potential to durably support labor market integration. How have more collaborative approaches, based on joint cooperation between sending and receiving countries, overcome these limitations?

This event, co-organized by MPI Europe and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation), brings together senior policymakers from sending and receiving countries and a leading migration and development expert to discuss how to move into a new era of predeparture measures. Drawing on existing success stories and pilot projects, the discussion will address such questions as:

  • How useful have existing predeparture measures been in facilitating migrants’ labor market insertion in receiving countries?
  • Which concrete examples of structural cooperation on labor market integration between origin and EU destination country—involving vocational work, work-placement initiatives, and mutual recognition—can be looked to for inspiration and lessons learned?  
  • Which private-sector practices are used to support the successful integration of migrant employees abroad and what can policymakers learn from these experiences?
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