UNHCR and OECD launch action plan to boost refugee employment

UNHCR and OECD launch action plan to boost refugee employment


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, launched today an innovative action plan to expand employment opportunities for refugees.

The document not only identifies the challenges, opportunities and best practices in the integration of refugees to the labour market, but also offers a list of concrete actions to support the successful employment of refugees.

The plan identifies action areas that are key to ensure the successful labour market integration of refugees, including:

  • The initial stock-taking of refugees’ skills and the identification of possible skills gaps
  • The matching of refugees’ skills with employers’ labour needs
  • The steps needed to ensure equal opportunities and to prepare the work place to welcome and integrate new refugee colleagues
  • The support to employers who have to navigate the administrative framework regarding work rights of refugees
  • The need for sufficient legal certainty on the length of stay of refugee workers and for a sustainable model of refugee employment

The report can be found here