Move On Roundtable Event 2017: Integrating migrants & refugees into the labour market

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The Institute is pleased to announce an International Roundtable event titled "Integrating migrants & refugees into the labour market: Challenges and Opportunities for career counselling" that will be held on the 27th September 2017 in central London (Canada Water Library, Surrey Quays Rd, SE16 7AR).


The landscape of migrant labour in the EU is changing dramatically. The number of migrants of working age has risen sharply, however, immigrants continue to face persistent challenges to their integration in the labour market. Frequently, newly arrived migrants struggle to find a good job as they are faced with both institutional barriers as well as multiple discriminations, including gender inequality, racial and cultural biases.

Skilled and qualified migrants often experience “brain waste” given that their qualifications are not put to good use and they therefore are at risk of frustration, demotivation and de-skilling. On the other hand, not being able to fully profit of the skills and capacities of migrants is also an unnecessary waste for the countries of destination, who are not in measure to fruitfully build on the competences of their migrant workers.

The event will debate current challenges for migrants’ and refugees' integration into the labour market, with a particular focus on the situation in the UK. It will bring together 60 experts, researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and other professionals from the area of migration policy, labour market integration and specialists’ career advice services for migrants and refugees to discuss conceptual and practical ways to move forwards. First-hand testimonies from migrants and refugees sharing personal stories of their attempts to navigate the UK system and integrate into the labour market will be also presented.

This event is organised within the framework of the 2-year Erasmus+ funded programme “Gender and Migration – Move On Project”,  an innovative programme aiming to share, develop and transfer effective practices, training and knowledge of professionals working with migrants and refugees. The programme built on a counselling model, originally developed in Germany concerning gender and culturally sensitive guidance services to migrants. Discussions will draw on the research and practical findings of the projects published  in the comparative report: Time to Move On - A comparative study into gender, migration and counselling in Europe and in the Move On training handbook Gender and Diversity | A Teaching programme for migrants’ career guidance and counselling. The programme was delivered in partnership with seven expert organisations among six different countries, namely Anziani e non solo (IT), beramí berufliche Integration e.V. (DE), Family and Child Care Centre (GR), Associazione Progetto Arcobaleno onlus (IT), Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej (PL), SURT Fundació de dones Fundació privada (ES).

BURSARIES (For International Participants)

We are pleased to offer a limited number of bursaries of up to €200 to assist in covering travel and accommodation costs for those based abroad. Migrants and refugees are particularly encouraged to apply for a bursary should they wish to attend the event. All participants are responsible to arrange their travel and accommodation. 


The conference has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines (20 CPD learning points). CPD Certificates will be awarded on the day to all delegates who have registered, donated and attended the entire day.



IARS Members and small charities - Free

This is a free event to all IARS Members, small charitable organisations (under 10 staff members), migrants and refugees.  

We want to make our event as accessible as possible to refugee and migrants to attend, therefore we commit to reimbursing up to £7 for travel expenses to any refugees and migrants coming to this event. However, in order to reimburse this on the day, we will need to be handed travel receipts.

General Admission

This is an accredited event that involves substantial costs to the charity. To secure your place, CPD Certification and lunch, we are requesting a donation of £20 via the Big Give or by emailing Larger donations are encouraged as all proceedings will be invested into our projects and ensure the continuation of our charitable work with marginalised communities.

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**By becoming a member for a small annual fee you will have free access to the event and access to a range of benefits and opportunities. For more info and to join click here .




9:30 – 9:45



9:45 – 10:00


Wendy Smith, IARS Trustee

10:00 – 10:15

Setting up the Scene: Move On programme overview and event’s objectives

Dr. Simon Aulton,  IARS Deputy Director 

10:15 – 10:45

Keynote speakers

Amanuel Woldesus, Integration and Development Manager at Migrant's Resource Center

Jill Rutter, Director of Strategy and Relationship at British Future and author of "Moving Up and Getting on: Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in the UK"

Don Flynn, former Director at Migrant's Rights Network and past president of PICUM – the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants

10:45 – 11:00

Move On: Gender, Migration and Career Counselling in the UK and Europe

Rosa Heimer, IARS Equalities Projects Coordinator

11:00 - 11:10 Q&A Chair: Wendy Smith, IARS Trustee 

11:10 – 12:00

Migrants & Refugees Journeys

Refugee women from the Gender and Justice Empowerment Project 

12:00 – 12:10


 Chair: Abdulwahab Tahhan, Syrian refugee and Researcher at Airwars 

12:10 – 13:00



13:00- 14:00

Roundtable of Interactive Workshops


"Taking a step back to take a step forward - Integration and language learning in women-only spaces" 


"Exploring the not unlawful discrimination faced by migrants who wish to enter employment"  


"Working with LGBT refugees, sharing experiences"

"Current Challenges in Policy & Service Provision of Mental Health for Asylum-Seekers and Refugees in the UK"


Workshops run by:


Theodora Cadbury & Ioanna Korfiati, from Xenia, a volunteer-run organisation providing a safe space for migrant women to learn English 


Dr Panagiotis Pentaris, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich


Aloysius Ssali, Coordinator of Say It Loud, a community support group for LGBT refugees in the UK 

Ruth Appleton, co-founder of Santé Refugee Mental Health Project & Sharif Muhammed, an asylum-seeker from Afghanistan


14:00 – 14:45 

Final Roundtable: Conclusions  

Rapporteurs feedback & Discussion

Chair: Abdulwahab Tahhan, Syrian refugee and Researcher at Airwars 

14:45 – 15:00

Next Steps & Closing remarks

 Dr. Simon Aulton,  IARS Deputy Director