English Version: JCI Know-How Transfer: How to integrate refugees into the labor market
How to integrate refugees into the labor market: young active citizens discuss solutions with European Stakeholders
60 JCI members from 13 countries in Europe gathered in Brussels to develop hands on solutions
October 13, 2016 – JCI Members from all over Europe met in Brussels for the annually JCI European Know-How Transfer to get to know the European Institutions and to discuss with various stakeholders solutions on how to integrate refugees into the labor market. After two days of intensive workshops and keynotes on the topic with representatives from the European Commission, UNHCR and stakeholders from the business sector, the delegates shadowed Members of the European Parliament (MEP) to get an insight on the functionalities of the legislative body of the European Union.
As young active citizen, JCI members do not only discuss, but take actions! In a resolution, JCI members have identified six key challenges of integrating refugees into the labor market: language barrier, qualifications to enter the labor market, asylum procedure efficiency, welcoming atmosphere, employment of refugees and root causes for leaving the country of origin. JCI members formulated concrete actions JCI members take to overcome these challenges and recommendations to policy makers in Europe. Former JCI member and current MEP Siegfried Muresan (EPP) from Romania took patronage of this year’s edition of the JCI European KnowHow Transfer and emphasized the importance of this resolution:
“I congratulate JCI Europe for this resolution as there are not many organizations that can agree on such a thorough resolution – it not only urges other stakeholders to act, but JCI members commit to take actions themselves to create a positive change.”
The JCI President, Paschal Dike and the highest representative of JCI Europe Jef Hendrickx met stakeholders from all sectors of society to discuss the concrete implementations of the adopted resolution. “The interest of European institutions, entrepreneurs and non-governmental organizations towards our resolution and our actions to integrate refugees into the labor market show that JCI is indeed the organization who works with all sectors of society to create sustainable solutions for current challenges.”; said JCI Executive Vice President for Europe Jef Hendrickx after fruitful meetings at the 2016 JCI European Know-How Transfer in Brussels.
JCI Europe is a leading European non-profit association of young active citizens, many of them leaders and entrepreneurs, present in 37 European countries with about 30.000 members. Engaging in activities focused on sustainable development locally and globally, JCI Europe members take responsibility for their communities while empowering themselves through leadership and action. We think critically about existing problems and find sustainable solutions, which we translate into projects in education, innovation, entrepreneurship and social responsibility. JCI members believe that collaborative ownership between government, economy and civil society will produce sustainable solutions and impact. JCI is a recognized partner organization of the United Nations, and is present in more than 120 countries with more than 160.000 members.
For more information about the European Know-How Transfers please visit www.jci.cc/eukht.