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Integration of the refugees into the labour market

15.11.2017 to 16.11.2017

PROGRAMME

 REPORT:

 

Wednesday 15 November 2017

 

Welcome and opening remarks

Master of Ceremony: Nassima DZAIR

Cafer UZUNKAYA, President of WAPES, Iskur, Turkey

Annie GAUVIN, Vice-Présidency Europe, Pôle emploi, France

Hege F. HILDRUM, Director NAV Oslo County, Norway

 

Setting the scene: Overview of refugees situation today

Eva PONS, International Organisation of Migration, Belgium

 

Pål NESSE, Norwegian Refugee Council, Norway

 

Comparative analysis of integration in selected countries in Europe

Thomas LIEBIG, OECD (Organisation for European Economic Co-operation)

 

Coffee break

 

Representatives from selected countries will present and discuss about the integration into the labour market for refugees

Anita RENUSCH, Employment Agency Berlin South, Germany

Louisa TAYLOR, Refugees 613, Canada

 

Kristian R. TRONSTAD, Norwegian Institute of Urban and Regional Research, Norway

 

Damla TASKIN, UNHCR, Turkey

 

 

Coffee break

 

What is ‘Integration on the labour market’ really about?

Presentation of working paper “Labour Market Integration of Refugees” adopted by the European Network of Public Employment Services”

Haakon HERTZBERG, Directorate of Labour and Welfare/NAV,        Norway

 

Piloting new methods for labour market integration in Norway

Morten LAUKNES, Kristiansand Municipality and Mohammad MOHAMMAD, participant in program for a testimonial, Norway

 

 

 

Thursday 16 November

 

Summing up from 15th November sessions

A good story – Syrian cooks at ‘Vippa’ in Oslo

 

Ragnhild SLETTNER, Mestringsguiden, Norway

The importance of sustainable integration - Why is the PES role so important?

Andreas MÅNGS, Arbetsförmedlingen, Sweden

 

 

How can better integration of refugees be achieved?

 

The implementation, governance and outcomes of the Norwegian introduction programme for immigrants has recently been evaluated, with particular focus on ‘what works for whom’.

 

 

Anne Britt DJUVE, FAFO – Institute for Applied Social Science, Oslo, Norway

 

 

Working together for Labour Market Integration – Learning from each other

Examples of successful cooperation between Public Employment Services and partners

 Noureddine BENKHALIL, ANAPEC, Morocco

“Moroccan PES in partnership with the NGOs”

 

 Magdalena GUSTAVSSON and  Jennie ÅSTRÖM, Arbetsförmedlingen, Sweden

Project Mirjam”

Quentin ANTOINE, Partnership Relations – Pôle emploi, France Actions launched with the French Office of Migration and integration“

         

          

Håkon IVERSEN, SoCentral, Norway

“Boost Refugee Project in Oslo”

 

Talking to employers

Dan SANDMOEN, IKEA  and Kari Anne THOMASSEN, NAV, Norway

      

International Sandwich brothers,

Christoffer N. HJELM and Karin A. MOGSTAD, Norway

 

Mester Grønn,

Rita BONDESON BØRKENorway

 

DNB, In:progress

Tonje Magnussøn, Sandra, S. Skretting and Linn Tomasdotter, Norway

Following conversation chaired by Kristian R. TRONSTAD, Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Urban and Regional Research

Coffee break

Innovations in tools to ease refugees integration: smart moves

Marius JENSEN,  NOKUT, Norway

“European Qualifications Passport for Refugees”

 

Marlies GATTERBAUER and Muna HAMOUD-SEIFRIED,  AMS, Austria

     

Wrapping up and conclusions

Summing up from the conference and the way forward

Annie GAUVIN, Pôle-Emploi, France

 

 

 

 

Introduction

In recent years Europe has experienced the greatest mass movement of people since the Second World War. 

More than 1 million refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe.

The EU has agreed on a range of measures to deal with the crisis. These include trying to resolve the root causes of the crisis as well as greatly increasing aid to people in need of humanitarian assistance both inside and outside the EU. 

Our countries are acting on different fronts: from reforming the asylum system to strengthening border security, making the return policy more efficient and promoting the integration of refugees.   

This integration of refugees and asylum seekers need quicker administrative procedures, swift access to basic pre-conditions (such as housing and healthcare) and to the labour market, facilitated recognition of foreign qualifications, as well as education and training. 

This will not happen without considerable efforts. 

All the institutions take care of this crucial topic: 

The Mutual Learning Programme under the European Employment Strategy includes a range of activities to support, coordinate and encourage mutual learning between EU Member States. Within this framework the European Commission organizes events on the topic of integration and inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers.

 

In June 2016, the PES Network adopted Key Considerations on labour market integration of refugees with a presentation of interesting PES practices from Network members. The PES Network stresses the need for early work practice combining work and language training and for creating labour market ‘fast tracks’ for work-ready or highly skilled asylum seekers and refugees.

Our PES are involved in this global process as a key stakeholder because at the forefront of this challenge. 

In June 2016, at the heart of the crisis, Arbetsförmedlingen, the Swedish PES hosted a conference about this topic in collaboration with Germany and Austria. 

Many best practices were presented and it’s time now to review the situation, to analyze the actions, to discuss new ones with PES’ representatives involved in this challenge. 

It’s the reason why  NAV, the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration is delighted to organize this Conference to share best practices with other Public Employment Services.  

 

 

Address: 
Oslo
Country: 
Norway
Region: 
Europe