Fostering Opportunities of Refugees WORKers – Albania

FORWORK ALBANIA – FINAL EVENT

 

 

Agenda

Moderator: Dr Elona Bano

TimeSessionSpeaker
14:00-14:10Registration of participantsANPAL, ITCILO
14:10-14:15Welcome speechDr. Esmeralda Hasani (Project Coordinator for the Albanian consortium)
14:15-14:30Policies and Projects Impact for the asylum seekersMr. Andi Mahila (Deputy Minister of Ministry of Interior)
14:30-14:40Forwork – Fostering Opportunities of Refugee Workers – A wider vision of the project resultsMs. Valeria Scalmato (Project Manager of the project – ANPAL)
14:40-15:00Presentation of standards and curriculaDr. Ejvis Gishti (Director of National Agency for Education, Vocational Training and Qualifications)
15:00-15:20Aims and ActivitiesDr. Esmeralda Hasani (Forwork Project Coordinator for the Albanian Partners – Executive Director of Adriapol Institute)
15:20-15:30The contribution of civil societyMr. Amarildo Ceka (Country Coordinator – Germin)
15:30-16:30Afterhours – Finger food and Beverage @ETNO Restorant

Where

  • Tirana– Barleti University
  • On-line

When

Date: 23rd September 2021
Time: 14:00 to 16:30 (CEST time)

Language(s):

Albanian and English (simultaneous interpretation)

Registration

Registration will be open to all people interested through the above registration form.

Integrated actions to support labour market integration of asylum seekers

FINAL EVENT

 

 

The event

FORWORK aimed at developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative paths to effective integration of asylum seekers and refugees in the labour market. The beneficiaries, hosted in reception centres in Piedmont (Italy) and Albania, were offered mentoring, language courses, vocational training, and support in identifying their skills and looking for a job. In Italy, the FORWORK project specifically targeted asylum seekers hosted in extraordinary reception centres (CAS), who are legally entitled to work but have very limited access to services aimed at labour market integration. The implementation of the project, with 8 partner institutions and 4 associate organizations, took place between January 2018 and September 2021. With the end of the activities, it is time to present the results of the project, evaluate its impact, and discuss what the policy lessons for the labour market and social integration of asylum seekers are.

 

Agenda

OrarioSessioneSpeaker
9:00-9:15Registration
9:30-9:50Welcome remarksRaffaele Ieva (ANPAL), Federica Deyme (APL), Miriam Boudraa (ITC ILO)
9:50-10:15Conference opening
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FORWORK Project – Fostering Opportunities of Refugee Workers

FORWORK Project Video

Miriam Toplanska (EU Commission – DG EMP)

Valeria Scalmato (ANPAL)

10:15-11:00FORWORK – The Piedmont experience in supporting asylum seeker

Tailor-made support and skill enhancement

Reconnaissance des Acquis and Job Coaching to reactivate empowerment processes

Companies and mediators: a key role in job insertion processes


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Miranda Andreazza (APL)
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Giovanna Gangarossa (Inforcoop Ecipa Piemonte)
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Deana Panzarino (Exar Social Value Solutions)

11:00-11:15FORWORK – The Albania experience in supporting asylum seeker

The activities in Albania

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Esmeralda Hasani (Adriapol, Smart and Creative development)

11:15-11:30Coffee break
11:30-12:00The impact evaluation of FORWORK ItalyGiovanni Abbiati, Erich Battistin, Paola Monti and Paolo Pinotti (Rodolfo Debenedetti Foundation)
12:00-13:15Round table

What policies can support the social and labour market integration of asylum seekers and refugees?

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Tito Boeri (Bocconi University and fRDB), Donatella Giunti (Prefecture of Turin), Massimo Gnone (UNHCR), Stefania Maselli (Central Service of SAI), Maria Perino (University of Eastern Piedmont “A. Avogadro”), Corrado Giustiniani (Journalist, writer, blogger for L’Espresso)

13:15-13:30Concluding remarksStefania Congia (Ministry of Labour and Social Policies – DG for Immigration and Integration Policies)
Light lunch

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Where

  • Turin – International Training Centre of the ILO – Via Maestri del Lavoro 10
  • On-line

When

Date: 28th September 2021
Time: 9:00 to 13:30 (CEST time)

Language(s):

Italian and English (simultaneous interpretation)

Registration

Registration will be open to all people interested through the above registration form.

Attachments

Agenda

Pathways for the labour market integration of refugees and asylum seekers

KNOWLEDGE-SHARING EVENT

 

Background

Fostering Opportunities of Refugee Workers (FORWORK) is a pilot project aimed at the labour market integration of asylum seekers and refugees hosted in reception centers (CAS) in Piedmont (Italy) and Albania. Under this project, ITCILO identified 10 and functioning practices of labour market integration of refugees and asylum seekers from other EU countries, including institutional approaches for multi-partner engagement in programme and service delivery.

Under the scope of this exercise, functioning practices are understood as “successful initiatives or model projects that make an outstanding, sustainable, and innovative contribution to the issue at hand”. Based on criteria such as effectiveness, innovation, sustainability and potential of replicability, 6 outstanding functioning practices were systematized and will be presented in the share fair event organized by the ITCILO.

On-line Share Fair Event

An on-line webinar will be conducted aiming at encouraging participants to reflect on existing practices implemented to foster the socio-economic integration of refugees and asylum seekers into the EU labour market. Participants who have been engaged with effective and innovative practices will have the chance to share knowledge acquired in the implementation and also to list the strategies used to overcome some of the challenges.

Objectives:

  • Strengthen the dissemination of distinguishing functioning practices already implemented or currently under implementation at the EU level to support the economic integration of asylum seekers and refugees.
  • Distil lessons learned with the view to developing pathways for the labour market integration of refugees and asylum seekers and scaling interventions.

Agenda

TimeSessionSpeaker
14:00-14:15Welcome wordsANPAL, ITCILO
14:15-15:15Economic integration processes: challenges and opportunitiesILO expert
15:15-15:30Break
15:30-17:00Discussion of EU functioning practicesRepresentatives from EU cases

When and Where

Date: 8th September 2021
Time: 14:00 to 17:00 (CET time)
Venue: On-line

Language(s):

English and Italian (simultaneous interpretation)

Registration

Registration will be open to all people interested through the above registration form.

Evaluation strategy – Progress so far

Presentation by the Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti, in charge of monitoring and evaluation activities.

The presentation describes the process leading to the sample selection of FORWORK beneficiaries in Italy, and the main challenges we faced (fine-tuning of selection criteria, data-gathering problems, contacts with relevant stakeholders). In also includes some preliminary results from the baseline survey administered in reception centers in Piedmont between May and September 2019.

Baseline survey in Italy completed

A baseline survey was implemented between late May to early November 2019. The survey focused on labour markert and social integration of asylum seekers hosted in 226 reception centers (Centri di Accoglienza Straordinaria) in the Piedmon Region in Italy.

The overall response rate is 74.4%, with 941 completed interviews.