CEEP will attend next Friday 5 July 2019 in Brussels the 2nd Expert workshop and Technical Advisory Group Meeting of CEDEFOP’s project “Building Complementary Pathways for the refugees: The Role of VET, Skills and Qualifications”.

CEDEFOP, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, initiated a project on building a Complementary mechanism to adult refugees legal mobility. CEEP and the other EU social partners have been advising the project since February 2018, with the aim of expanding protection and solution opportunities through complementary pathways of admission to Europe and legal intra-EU mobility. The project aims at designing a VET, skills and qualifications supported complementary pathway mechanism to support legal mobility of refugees and to increase labour market integration in the medium to long run.

The European Commission’s 2018 communication on enhancing legal and safe pathways to Europe is taken as a reference framework for the development of a pathway mechanism, notably for the development of pilot projects on legal migration.

Sustainability of a pathway mechanism is indeed crucial, whether as pilot inspiring future initiatives or as a pilot that is expanded into a fully-fledged longer-term programme.

Opinions on the potential and political rationale for internal EU mobility of beneficiaries of international protection (refugees and persons under subsidiary protection) are divided. However, CEEP agrees that there could be a significant potential of an initiative both in terms of responsibility sharing and future integration prospect of refugees, e.g. relocating beneficiaries of international protection from Greece to other EU countries.

Should you wish to receive any further information on the project or on the outcome of the meeting, do not hesitate to contact CEEP Project Manager Carlotta Astori.

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