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Europe: EC signes a multi-stakeholder Partnership for Integration

Employment is a core element of the integration process and getting refugees and other newcomers quickly into work is an important objective shared by EU Member States. To ensure that inclusive labour markets draw from skills and talents of refugees, the European Commission and European Social and Economic partners signed a multi-stakeholder European Partnership for Integration during a ceremony held on 20 December 2017 in Brussels.

The European Commission, the European Trade Union - ETUC, the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises - UAPME, Employers organisation - BusinessEurope, the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services - CEEP and the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry - Eurochambers agreed on key principles and commitments to support the labour market integration of refugees and migrants legally residing in the EU. 

Providing support as early as possible, ensuring that integration benefits refugees as well as the economy and the society at large, facilitating the identification of skills and supporting employers in hiring refugees are some of these principles and commitments agreed upon. Partners have also committed to promote the Partnership amongst their members and to strengthen cooperation with public authorities at all appropriate levels.

The European Commission will endeavour, amongst other things, to promote synergies with EU funds, ensure synergies with other related initiatives at European level and continue to work with relevant EU bodies, groups, committees and networks as well as Social and Economic partners to support the labour market integration of refugees.

Labour market integration is indeed addressed by other Commission's initiatives such as the EU Skills Profile Tool, supporting the early identification of skills and Employers Together for Integration, giving visibility to what employers are doing to support integration.

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