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.