In many European countries, men and women with migrant background are already a significant part of the labour market and the recent refugee and migrant crisis has further increased the number of immigrants looking for a job in the continent.
While in many cases migrants are qualified and skilled, they are often employed in low-qualified positions and more affected by unemployment than country-nationals because of a variety of barriers linked with legal, cultural and structural conditions of the hosting country and largely affecting women more than men.
Unlocking the potential of immigrants living in European countries is crucial for the economic growth but also for an effective inclusion which could prevent poverty, marginalization and ultimately the risk of radicalization and social conflicts.
In this context, one of the key issues is the improvement of the quality and the effectiveness of the career counselling which should be tailored to the personal profiles, the skills and needs of both men and women immigrants and able to take into account their specific cultural and gender characteristics and aiming at
their personal empowerment.
A transnational partnership, led by the IARS International Institute (UK) in cooperation with 7 expert organisations from Italy, Greece, Poland, Germany and Spain, has just released a comparative study into gender, migration and counselling in Europe which is offering recommendations to improve job counselling services addressed to migrants, with a specific focus on gender issues. The study is published in the form of an e-book titled “TIME TO MOVE ON: A comparative study into gender, migration and counselling in Europe” (ISBN: 978-1-907641-35-0)
Dr. Theo Gavrielides, Founder & Director of the IARS International Institute said: “We are pleased to release this timely study conducted in 6 countries and written in English, Italian, Greek, Polish, German and Spanish. The evidence indicates missed opportunities for growth, but also ways through which migrant women can be empowered to achieve their full potential in European societies. I am grateful to the partners and the Women’s Advisory Board for their support in taking the first step in our Move On Erasmus funded project”.
The research has been conducted in the framework of the EU funded “MOVE ON – Migration & Gender: Vocational and Educational counselling” project (2015-1-UK01-KA204-013550) which will continue with a training programme targeting job counsellors from different EU-countries, taking place in Frankfurt
(Germany) in February 2017.
To download the e-book “TIME TO MOVE ON: A comparative study into gender, migration and counselling in
Europe”, visit: http://www.moveonproject.org/outcomes/e-books/
To learn more, visit: www.moveonproject.org
PRESS RELEASES 30TH AUGUST 2016 (available in English, German, Italian, Greek, Spanish and Polish)