Challenge description

While having a first job is key to integration of newcomers, refugees often face specific obstacles for their integration into the labour market such as vulnerability resulting from traumas, lack of documentation including as regards qualifications, inactivity prior during asylum procedures, as well as language barriers. Recent actions taken at EU and national level were aimed at addressing and reducing those barriers. However, while tackling them, it is also key to ensure that (private) employers are willing to hire refugees or select them for an apprenticeship or an internship. Refugees often lack (private) network through which many employees find their first job and employers may be reluctant due to various reasons (lack of information about legislation, red tape, cultural reasons, etc.) that would need to be identified and addressed.

Workshop results

The proposed approach is twofold : not only there should be a process in place to capitalise on refugees education and work experience (job fairs, employment services) but also a system to support SMEs with legal assistance and information on available financial support. By using behavioural insights the drivers of recruitment for small companies could be identified. This initiative could build on similar others already existing, which should be mapped and linked in order to create a support network for SMEs and refugees.