A skill-based approach

Cedefop has been investigating the potential of skills based pathways to refugee protection, in collaboration with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. The aim of this initiative is to increase the evidence base in support of designing and implementing complementary pathways mechanisms for admitting adult refugees from a first host country (within or outside the EU) to an EU country while taking into account, and making use of, VET, skills and the qualifications and linking them to the labour market needs. This blog article aims to explore how relevant this initiative is from a policy perspective and also explain the rational of such an approach.

Skills as a means of mitigation

So, what if a refugee would retain the refugee status when admitted to a destination country based on her/his skills? And what if the skills of refugees would be used to resettle the refugee to a country where such skills are on demand by the local labour market?

 

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