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[IWS] ILO/MPI: AIMING HIGHER: POLICIES TO GET IMMIGRANTS INTO MIDDLE-SKILLED WORK IN EUROPE [18 November 2014]
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AIMING HIGHER: POLICIES TO GET IMMIGRANTS INTO MIDDLE-SKILLED WORK IN EUROPE [18 November 2014]
[full-text, 39 pages]
Press Release 18 November 2014
Many immigrants in Europe struggling to move out of low-skilled jobs; European governments have opportunities to prioritize policies to secure upward mobility
WASHINGTON and GENEVA — Against a backdrop of aging populations and persistently low economic growth, few European governments are doing enough to help recent immigrants move from low-skilled precarious jobs and into decent work, says a new report by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and International Labour Organization (ILO).
The report, Aiming Higher: Policies to Get Immigrants into Middle-Skilled Work in Europe, shows that while some countries have made sizeable investments in labour market integration policies over the past decade, they have focused primarily on getting immigrants into work. As a result, these policies have struggled to facilitate career progression over time.
The report offers a series of recommendations for policymakers to consider, including:
· Improving the incentives for public employment agencies to serve the needs of migrants and developing a better-trained and/or more specialized workforce of advisors to provide both short- and longer-term career advice — rather than focusing exclusively on getting people to work as quickly as possible in any job.
· Funding partnerships between employers and training institutions to assist employers willing to facilitate language instruction or support apprenticeships and work experience programmes.
· Improving the coordination of policies enacted at federal, state and local levels, and promoting common goals, information sharing and mutual accountability for integration outcomes.
· More effective evaluation of innovative labour market integration programmes and monitoring of their impacts over the long-term.
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