Factual and legislative analysis of integration of migrants in the EU labour market

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Summary

Following the severe migration crisis and other repetitive crises in the early 2020s (pandemic, war in Ukraine, energy crisis), the European Union attempted to coordinate and amplify its actions and strategy towards the protection of refugees and migrants. It also took initiatives for the integration of some of them into the European labour market and the update of legislative, institutional and recording procedures to deter unjustified flows. This entailed better cross-border management, a more unified asylum policy and a stricter framework for legal migration (Schengen regulation, VISA system etc).

The continuous geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe and the Middle East region indicates that the number of refugees will increase and migration will continue to challenge European migration policy. Therefore, it is necessary to develop appropriate tools to register and analyse migration flows, reassess the integration process in local communities and the labour market, and evaluate the potential of new flows.

By submitting this proposal, we express our interest in investigating aspects of and providing recommendations for the better distribution and integration of migrants into the European labour market. We wish to develop a more concrete approach for their residential rights, develop an updated chart of skills needs for this vulnerable population to correspond to European labour markets, and enhance synergies between actors of civil society, humanitarian organisations and state social protection schemes.