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World Migration Report 2018

Increasing understanding of current and strategic migration issues around the world

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Scoping Study


Supporting active inclusion of disadvantaged migrants in Europe

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Policy Insights 1/2016

Inclusion, Growth and Competativeness: Future of Economic Migration in the EU
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Two NEW Pubs on Migrant Integration

Headstart to Integration -
A Global Review of Pre-departure Support Measures for Migrants
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Running an Effective Migrant Resource Centre
A Handbook for Practitioners
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IOM is implementing a portfolio of activities in the EU/EEA region that promote the economic and social inclusion of migrants and their active participation in public life, combating discrimination, and promoting a positive perception of migrants amongst the general public in the countries of the region. In particular, IOM RO Brussels supports governments and other actors in combating economic and social marginalization of migrants in conditions of ongoing recession or patchy recovery in a number of European destination countries.  

Some EU/EEA countries with recovering economies are reviving efforts to attract new migrants, in particular with higher skill levels, to boost growth and support innovation. To this end, integration conditions, and above all, creating tolerant and inclusive societies can play a decisive role in the global competition for workers.

IOM RO Brussels provides expert policy advice to the relevant stakeholders in the EU/EEA on available evidence and good practices, and supports the implementation of pilot initiatives to facilitate legal labour migration to the region. Moreover, RO Brussels promotes efforts towards improved migration and integration governance in related policy fields, such as employment and education, as well as developing mechanisms for inter-agency coordination to this end.


NEW PUBLICATION!  Analysis of Skills Profiling Data Collected within the EU Relocation Programme

This report maps and analyses data obtained from the EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals. The tool was piloted by IOM between September 2017 and February 2018 under the EU funded projects: ‘Relocation program from Greece to other EU Member States and Associated States for beneficiaries in clear need of international protection’ and ‘Complementary measures in light of the relocation programme from Italy to Member and Associated States of Relocation’.


The tool has captured the skills, qualifications and work experiences of around 450 beneficiaries of the EU Relocation programme with the support from the IOM Focal Points in Italy and Greece (pre-departure stage) and upon arrival in countries of relocation (post-arrival stage), namely the IOM Focal Points in Spain, Romania and Slovenia. Other countries of relocation opted for information and orientation sessions getting an overall impression of the skills profiles without capturing them in the tool, namely IOM focal points in Finland, Estonia, Portugal and Luxembourg.


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Skills2Work - Valuing Skills of Beneficiaries of International Protection in the European Union

The Skills2Work project proposes to take concrete steps to ensure better conditions for early and successful labor market integration of the beneficiaries of international protection. It focuses on improving the reception framework, enhancing capacities of relevant authorities, service providers and employers to facilitate early validation of competences and skill-based job-matching, as well as enabling access to information and services for skills recognition by the beneficiaries of international protection.

Project activities include a regional mapping exercise, identification of success stories in the participating countries, and an online platform compiling recommendations and principles for sustained and effective efforts toward refugees’ integration on the labor market.

IOM implements the project in Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and the United Kingdom in partnership with NGOs, academic institutions, as well as public institutions responsible for the reception and integration of beneficiaries of international protection.

The project is funded by the European Union, Directorate General Migration and Home Affairs and runs for 26 months as of January 2016.

More information is available on the project website and the success stories brochure


IOM Releases Outcomes of Skills2Work Pilot Initiative Integrating Refugees into EU Labour Markets

The Hague / Brussels, 02 Mar 2018 --  IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has presented the results of a pilot project that connected thousands of refugees, employers, migrant groups and local authorities and made strides towards integrating beneficiaries of international protection in the EU into the labour market.     

The EU-funded Skills2Work project, which ran from January 2016 and closed on Wednesday (28/02) in nine EU member states, was initiated to address the absence of a coordinated approach to labour market integration both nationally and regionally, particularly with regard to recognizing the skills and qualifications of refugees. 

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ADMin4ALL: Supporting active inclusion of disadvantaged migrants in Europe

ADMin4ALL is a regional IOM preparatory action designed to increase the capacity of cities and municipal governments, as well as other service providers in Italy, Austria, Poland and Romania, in dealing with the multiple dimensions of long-term socio-economic inclusion of migrants and refugees in Europe.

The initiative focuses on empowering municipalities to provide suitable and accessible social and administrative services for migrants, as well as promoting partnership approaches to migrant integration at local level among various public, private and non-profit stakeholders. This is achieved through a series of trainings and peer mentoring activities for the local authorities and both governmental and non-governmental service providers, including front-line workers dealing with the specific needs and situations of disadvantaged migrants in the participating countries.

At the end of 2017, ADMin4ALL included 14 municipalities across the four EU participating Member states: Italy (Bari, Florence, Naples and Milan), Austria (Bruck an der Leitha, Tulln, Korneuburg), Poland (Poznań, Warsaw, Wroclav, Krakow and Lodz), and Romania (Bucharest and Cluj). Over 500 persons in these municipalities benefitted from training activities developed based on a scoping study conducted in 2016.

The preparatory action is funded by the European Union, Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, and was implemented between May 2016 and December 2017. A second phase of the project is currently under preparation and will run for 24 months as of 2018.

The scoping study is available for more information.


IOM releases paper on the future of EU economic migration policy

Brussels – 25 April 2016 | This paper, the first in our “Policy Insights” series, brings together IOM’s reflections on the possible future directions for economic migration policies in the EU with the goal of strengthening the contribution of migration to growth and competitiveness. It examines and calls for new approaches to labour market policy grounded in emerging realities and taking into account cross-border mobility, more inclusive employment, increasing productivity and labour market participation among all groups making up the working age population. The extent to which the EU embraces and manages increasing diversity and fosters inclusive, dynamic communities will determine the potential impact of these social changes for individuals and societies. 

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International Recruitment Integrity System (IRIS)

IOM is also addressing the global problem of unethical recruitment through a new a new international framework to reduce migrant worker exploitation and trafficking for forced labour. The International Recruitment Integrity System (IRIS) is a voluntary accreditation and monitoring process that will bring together like-minded private sector and government stakeholders in a common effort to promote ethical rectuitment by increasing transparency and integrity within international labour supply chains. IRIS will provide a platform for addressing unfair recruitment and bridge international regulatory gaps governing labour recruitment in countries of origin and destination.  For more information on IRIS, please visit the website:

Press Release: IOM and IOE Announce Initiative to Combat Unethical International Recruitment




RO Brussels has just wrapped up two projects which provided expertise to support evidence-based policy making on economic migration & labour market integration (LINET), and labour market information (LMIS).  For more information, please visit:

Independent Network of Labour Migration and Integration Experts (LINET)