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Migrants Integration in the Labour Market in Europe
821725-MILE-AMIF-2017- AG-INTE
Newsletter N#1

Project MILE has started!

You are receiving the first number of MILE official newsletter!
On this issue: Diversity Advantage
 
Labour integration for migrants in Europe... a MILE Ahead!

IN THIS ISSUE:

1.    INTRODUCTION: what is MILE?

2.    FOCUS: Diversity Advantage In Europe

  • What is Diversity Advantage? by ICEI
  • Insights from Spain, by Action Against Hunger
  • Insights from Greece, by Hellenic Open University

3.    RESOURCES on Diversity Advantage

4.    NEWS and EVENTS on Migrants Integration in the Labour Market

5.    WHAT’S ON IN MILE?

  • Meet our partners
  • Updates

1. INTRODUCTION: what is MILE?

OUR VISION
Third Country Nationals in Europe still face strong barriers in accessing the labour market compared to local citizens. They often find themselves working below their actual qualification, rarely recognised. While are more often employed in low paid roles where they are overrepresented, signing contracts that do not guarantee adequate levels of social security nor career prospects. MILE believes that the inclusion of migrants in the labour market is the key for their effective integration in the EU societies.

OUR MISSION
MILE project’s mission is to develop, implement and mainstream an effective model of integrated services for Third-Country Nationals based on multi-sectorial competences, mobilisation of actors and migrants’ cultural, social and economic needs facilitating their labour market integration. We want to exchange methods and practices promoting capacity building related with labour market integration of migrants among for example, employers, employers’ organisations, chambers of commerce migrants’ associations and all relevant actors in the field. 

OUTCOMES
We want to enhance competences of stakeholders in the field of labour market and employers, to address migrants needs and potentials actively involving them in formulating and implementing activities contributing to create a model based on multi-sectorial competences, local mobilisation and cooperation approach improving practices of key actors to favour migrants inclusion in labour market.
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2. FOCUS: Diversity Advantage in Europe

  •   What is Diversity Advantage?
Diversity Advantage is the idea that diversity (intended as different backgrounds and origins of individuals) can bring competitive benefits for business and economies in general, but also for organisations and communities. This can happen when diversity is considered as a value and is promoted and included in decision-making processes and business-vision in general. Promotion of diversity is not a singular action, but it represent a vision and philosophy of governance.

  • Insight from Spain, by Action Against Hunger
Spanish Diversity Foundation together with Norman Broadbent run out a study, in order to, support the idea that Diversity enriches and improves the company operations, empowers the employee and leads to a better society by emphasizing on plurality. Every time more, diversity management and cultural intelligence is having more relevance due to globalization, diversification and internalization. The aim of the study is to understand the Spanish cultural diversity within the organizations, by analyzing 64 organizations. 
  • Insight from Greece, by Hellenic Open University
Greece is one of the gateways of Europe to the East, a country that receives thousands of migrants seeking refuge and that in turn, are gaining the status of TCN (Third Country Nationals) that seek to enter into the labour market. There are around 173.000 who officially work in Greece and almost 15.000 out of them operate in the Region of Western Greece-RWG (Hellenic Statistical Authority, 2018) mostly dealing with primary production, foodstuff, tourism and home care services (Fratsea L, 2017) (Center for the Integration of Migrants of the Municipality of Andravida - Killini, 2019). There are significant challenges ahead that relate to socio-economic and training issues and pressing problems that seek answers.
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RESOURCES on Diversity Advantage


NEWS AND EVENTS on Migrants integration in the labour market:

•   18-20/06 The Migration Conference, Bari, Italy
•   21/06       Lifelong Learning Platform Conference
•   20/06       World Refugee Day
•   14-18/10  European Vocational Skills Week 2019

WHAT'S ON IN MILE?
Meet Our Partners!

On this number, we introduce two of our 8 project partners
  
ICEI is an NGO based in Milan and established in 1977. Its mission is to foster inclusive and sustainable communities in Italy and worldwide, via a participatory approach and favouring knowledge transfer, capacity building and effective actions. In developing countries in Asia, Africa and South America, ICEI works on sustainable agriculture and responsible tourism, with focus on the management of the natural resources. In Italy and Europe, ICEI carries out initiatives mainly targeted to vulnerable groups, such as young people (NEETs, etc.) and migrants, second generation and refugees, with the aim of favouring their social and labour inclusion. 

 

Verein Multikulturell – Tyrolean Integration Center is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1993. It aims at enhancing the intercultural dialogue and education and its main objectives are to promote professional, social and cultural integration of migrants. The association promotes the social and professional skills of migrants in collaboration with the Government and other State institutions like the Chamber of Commerce, job centers, schools as well as social organizations and societies. 

UPDATES on project's activities Partners and associates were hosted in Austria by Verein Multikulturell for a 5 days study visit to investigate and share best practices on diversity advantage and TCNs labour integration, thanks also to the local associates and organisations. The First Multi-stakeholders meetings were held in the cities of Milan and Barcelona, involving actors from the public and private sectors, discussing the main barriers that companies and employers face in hiring and integrating migrants, enhancing the levels of diversity within their workforce.
  • Research 
In the last months, partners and associates were busy researching on topics related with migrants integration in the labour market, barriers for employers in hiring mechanism, culture of work, institutional support and more. Partners collected and performed 40 interviews and 120 questionnaires in 4 different European Countries. Soon results will be published on MILE WEBSITE.

MIGRANT INTEGRATION IN THE LABOUR MARKET IN EUROPE...........A MILE AHEAD!

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MILE is a project funded by the European Union’s 
Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.


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