Why Foundations for Work is needed
The successful integration of migrants is a Europe-wide priority. Employment is recognized as a key strategy, as well as a route to migrant independence and wellbeing. Yet, migrants face higher unemployment than native citizens and the gap is rising. They are over represented among the low-skilled and tend to work in cyclical industries with higher layoffs. Long term unemployment causes economic scarring: a degradation of skills and confidence.
The EU & partner countries offer skills upgrade programs, but these are aimed at nationals. Immigrants are unlikely to access or benefit for linguistic, cultural or technological reasons. This is counter to EU policy which states “access for immigrants…to public & private goods and services, on a basis equal to national citizens and in a non-discriminatory way is a critical foundation for better integration.”