In 2016 the employment rate of Third Country Nationals, i.e. people who are not citizens of a EU member state, was 15.2% points lower than EU citizens, with women and refugees struggling more. Even when employed, they usually work below their qualification and skills, they are over represented in some sectors and 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 key for their effective integration in European societies, but also contributes to Member States economies.
Nonetheless, third country nations in Europe still face strong barriers in accessing the labour market and there is still a mismatch between labour market and migrants’ profiles: stakeholders, including employers, often lack knowledge on TCN’s employment and/or diversity management skills, and sometimes stereotypes and discriminatory practices still persist. On the other hand, comprehensive information, training, employment and guidance support for migrants – able to engage the most vulnerable – 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:
• Milan – Italy
• Viladecans – Spain
• Innsbruck – Austria
• Patras and Athens – Greece
MILE works with migrants living in these areas, and in particular with:
– 120 migrants (including 20 refugees), who are trained and supported through the MILE model (ad-hoc training, tutoring, work experience and post-placement support);
– additional 400 migrants, who benefit of the partners’ improved and strengthened training, employment and job guidance services.
Moreover, MILE engages:
– Employers and employers’ associations;
– Public and private stakeholders working for the work integration of migrants;
– Local and EU citizens.
MILE is a project funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.