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. As a consequence, 2.1 million official asylum claims were submitted in EU member states. The next challenge to be urgently tackled is the sustainable integration of refugees into domestic labour markets.
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. 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.