EUROPEAN SOCIAL FUND

ESF-funded programme for refugees in Murcia, Spain winner at the 2018 RegioStar Awards

ESF-funded programme for refugees in Murcia, Spain winner at the 2018 RegioStar Awards

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The 'refugees' labour market integration' project is implemented by the Regional Employment and Training Service (SEF) and running from July 2017 until December 2020. ESF has funded 25 % of the programme’s costs up to 2020, while 75% is financed by the Regional Government of Murcia and the Spanish Ministry of Employment and Social Security.

Newly arrived refugees are receiving personal plans and ‘one-stop-shop’ support to find work and settle into the local community. SEF offers courses, help to obtain documents and job-matching adapted to each refugee’s needs. SEF launched a partnership with four NGOs which also contribute with expert staff and services, while participating businesses receive advice on how to employ refugees. The programme allows refugees to access support from all these organisations through a trained contact person – a social worker from the Service for Social Policies, coordinating with a job counsellor – following a process that is planned from start to end.

After the launch of the project, 40 % of working-age unemployed refugees are now looking for work, in training or getting support through SEF.

More information about this successful project is available here