LINK-IT - Linking pre-departure and post-arrival support to facilitate socio-economic integration for resettled refugees in the EU

IOM Romania is implementing, between March 2018 – August 2019 the project called LINK-IT - Linking predeparture and post-arrival support to facilitate the socio-economic integration for resettled refugees in the EU. The project is funded by the European Commission through the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG Home) as response to a call for proposals under FAMI-2016-AG-INTE-01.

The project is being implemented under the coordination of the IOM Mission in the UK and the cooperation of the International Catholic Commission on Migration (ICMC), the Jesuit Refugee Services in Romania (JRS), the Caritasverband für die Diözese Hildesheim e.V. / Caritasstelle im Grenzdurchgangslager Friedland in Germany (Caritas Friedland), the British Refugee Council and the Portuguese Council for Refugees (Conselho Português para os Refugiados). IOM missions in Romania, Germany and Portugal are involved as focal points for activities in the respective countries.

The objective of the project is to improve the integration of displaced persons from Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey into four EU Member States (Great Britain, Germany, Portugal and Romania). The implementation of the project aims to make the pre and post-relocation measures more effective, with an emphasis on the inclusion of beneficiaries in the labor market.

The activities of the project include:

  • Assessment of the competences of selected individuals for extra-EU resettlement prior to transfer, using the tool for identifying skills of third-country nationals (EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals) developed by the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG Employment) of the European Commission. The information thus collected will be shared with the relevant actors in the host countries in order to prepare specific post-relocation integration measures;
  • Organizing guided sessions prior to departure with orientation sessions upon arrival in each of the four participating countries. Short video clips will be produced to share the experiences of beneficiaries of the resettlement program and a series of training materials for volunteers will be developed;
  • Organizing information sessions addressed to local public authorities and public employment services in host states with regards to the needs and profile of beneficiaries' and defining customized labor market integration measures. Cooperation with private employers is also envisaged.
  • Facilitate a process of mutual learning and exchange of good practices between local, national and regional authorities at European level as well as between civil society organizations from the four countries participating in the project.

To mark the start of the project, IOM Romania will facilitate the organization of an international conference on 20 April 2018 in Bucharest. The conference is aimed at sharing European best practices among the various actors involved in the integration process of beneficiaries of resettlement programs.

You can download the project's presentation brochure, here.

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