On the 27 September, the IARS International Institute hosted a European Roundtable event titled Move On "Integrating migrants & refugees into the labour market” to address the barriers and challenges of migrants and refugees to access sustainable employment. The event, held in central London and saw the contributions of a number of stakeholders including academics, authors, researchers, activists, mental health professionals, journalists and NGO’s supporting refugees and migrants on employment related issues.
Keynote speakers including Amanuel Woldesus (Integration and Development Manager at Migrant's Resource Centre), 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) and Don Flynn (former Director at Migrant's Rights Network and past president of PICUM – the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants addressed the challenges of integration by putting into perspective the definitive and systematic barriers faced by migrants and refugees in the search of sustainable employment.
A group of refugee women, members of the Women’s Advisory Board, shared their journeys into the labour market and offered powerful insights into their realities. The event highlighted the knowledge gap of employment services and employment professionals to address the needs of migrants and refugees, concluding that gender and cultural sensitivity training is the way forward for employment agencies and practitioners in order to improve outcomes for their beneficiary groups.
The event also hosted a number of multidisciplinary workshops delivered by integration experts addressing issues of; “lawful” discrimination faced by migrants who wish to enter employment; additional challenges faced by LGBT refugee and migrant communities; as well as practical barriers such as language, domestic roles etc.
The Roundtable was 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 was delivered in partnership with seven expert organisations spanning 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).
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The Move On - Gender and Migration Project has published the following reports:
Event’s presentations can be found at http://www.moveonproject.org/roundtable-event-london/
Speakers and workshops can be viewed at http://www.iars.org.uk/content/speakers-workshops