Despite the challenges caused by millions of refugees seeking for shelter in the European Union, this flux also provides an opportunity to invigorate labour markets since many refugees show a high level of education and qualification. To back-up and support the initial integration programmes and initiatives driven by state and administrative stakeholders, tailor-made support measures are needed for “integration in employment”.
European employers are often reluctant to employ refugees due to their unclear professional and personal situation. To integrate refugees at the workplace (be it in full time, part time, supported employment or internships) European employers need practical and direct support that responds to the uncertainties related to the legal, social and working status of refugees, as well as to intercultural and psycho-social issues.
This is the starting point of the COME IN project, which aims at creating and applying a comprehensive training to support enterprises and organisations and their responsible staff members in integrating refugees at their workplaces.