Erasmus+ 2017-1-UK01- KA202-036810
Job to Stay is a direct reply to the greatest social challenge the EU has faced in its entire history: the effects of the migration wave
caused by the Syrian war, the general terror campaign by the Islamic State and other violent conflicts in the Middle East and in Africa. As a consequence, 2.1 million official asylum claims were submitted in EU member states in 2015 and in 2016. Meanwhile, for various reasons, the numbers of refugees decreased and mostly initial care, official registration and the primary supply of accommodation etc. are not the main problems anymore. The next challenge to be urgently tackled is the sustainable integration of refugees into domestic labour markets. However, the recently published OECD report “Nach der Flucht: Der Weg in die Arbeit. Arbeitsmarktintegration von Flüchtlingen in Deutschland” (03/2017) shows that none of the parties involved – refugees, public authorities, the social/VET sector or industry/SMEs – are well prepared for this situation.
It is extremely difficult for refugees to enter the labour market if their legal status in unclear, if they are unfamiliar with cultural standards and languages spoken, if diplomas from home countries are lost or cannot be accredited or if a person’s level of education and qualification is generally very low. Last but not least, many do not want at all to foster refugee integration, out of fear of excluding domestic employees from the labour markets. Female refugees suffer even more from this situation. They are often less qualified than men and come from countries where their traditional role allows less opportunities to be involved in public or business life. This traditional social behaviour is often transferred to their European host countries and makes them almost “invisible” from public life. It is more difficult to establish contact with them and their life circumstances do not often foster social inclusion or job integration. Therefore, particular attention should be paid to raising the number of female participants in training and employment programmes.
The core outcome of our project is a work placement lasting at least one year which will be closely monitored and shadowed by our
partner organisations. We strongly believe that only workplace-based learning will ensure the quickest and best possible job
integration of refugees. However, this process should not be implemented in an unguided way and needs a clear concept Actually,
Job to Stay is not directly based on one or more projects previously carried out. However, there are several EU projects and national
initiatives which the project partners have participated in and which have influenced the idea for this project and its set-up within a
certain extent. They all deal with integration of refugees into labour markets, mentoring, job shadowing and coaching modes, EQFbased
descriptions of learning outcomes for tourism VET programmes, assessment and validation of knowledge, skills and
competences and the accreditation of prior experiences and learning.