Overcoming obstacles in border regions - Train and qualify in your country, work in another

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Date : 20/09/2017

Did you know that almost 7 000 Portuguese work in the Spanish region of Galicia and almost 2 000 Spaniards are employed in the North of Portugal region?

Close ties between Galicia and the North of Portugal regions have existed throughout history, helped by similarities in the languages spoken.

Yet, locals still experience difficulties when considering accepting a job offer across the border. Their professional diplomas need to be officially accepted and lengthy recognition processes may mean missing out on an opportunity.

The barriers to cross-border employment include a lack of information, the need for costly translations and strong liability rules in case of mistakes.

With many people pursuing positions across the border, steps are being taken by the two regions to make it easier for workers to have their qualifications accepted. 

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