In 2016 the employment rate of Third Country Nationals, (non EU country nationals), was 15.2% points lower than EU citizens. Women and refugees are struggling even more. When employed, they usually work below their qualification and are over-represented in some sectors. Also, they perform worse in wages, protection and career prospects (Eurostat, EU Labour Force Survey).
However, the inclusion of migrants in the labour market is not only crucial for their effective integration, but also contributes to Member States economies.
Nonetheless, TCNs in Europe still face strong barriers in accessing the market persisting a mismatch between vacancies and their profiles. Companies and employers often lack knowledge on hiring schemes and diversity management. And stereotypes and discriminatory practices still persist. Moreover, comprehensive information, training, employment and guidance support for migrants are still scarce.
THE PROJECT MILE
The project MILE Migrants Integration in the Labour market in Europe aims to develop, implement and mainstream an effective model of integrated services for the integration of Third-Country Nationals into the labour market, based on multi-sectorial competences, mobilisation of actors and migrants’ cultural, social and economic needs.
The project specific objectives are to:
• Enhance the competences of stakeholders in the field of integration in the labour market, including employers, in addressing TCNs’ needs and potentials
• Develop and implemen t with the third country nationals a methodological scheme to promote their integration in the labour market, via a structured and continuous involvement of employers
The project is carried out in 4 European countries and 5 cities:
• Patras and Athens
MILE works with migrants living in these areas:
- 120 migrants (including 20 refugees) trained and supported through the whole MILE model
- 400 migrants, soft training, employment and job guidance services.
MILE is a project funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.