Impact evaluation report

By: Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti

The report provides information on the impact of FORWORK on employment and other measures of integration of asylum seekers hosted in Italian emergency reception centers (CAS). The evaluation design consisted of a large-scale randomized controlled trial, whereby eligibility to FORWORK was randomized across a large experimental sample of reception centers in Piedmont, a large region in Northern Italy. Within these centers, adults in an early phase of their application process for international protection became eligible for FORWORK. The evaluation sample consisted of 1,262 individuals. FORWORK beneficiaries joined the program over about 20 months, from December 2019 through July 2021. The average take-up rate of the program was 66%. The results of the impact evaluation point at a positive and large effect of FORWORK on the employment of program participants. FORWORK also had a positive effect on proficiency in Italian language and affected the social networks of participants.

Description of activities with asylum seekers

By: Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti, in collaboration with ANPAL, APL, Exar Solutions and Inforcoop

The report describes the bundle of services under the FORWORK program, which combined individual support by a job mentor with optional additional services (such as placement services, language and civic education courses, short vocational training, a pathway to recognition of prior learning). The report includes a qualitative assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of each service based on feedback received from partners and operators involved in the project implementation.

FORWORK Albania.
Assessment of activities with asylum seekers

By: Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti, in collaboration with Adriapol

The report describes the activity implemented in Albania under the FORWORK project. It also summarizes the results from a survey implemented in 2019, which collected detailed information on asylum seekers in Albania.

FORWORK background report.
Knowledge-sharing on pathways for the labour market integration of refugees and asylum seekers


Background research paper with the view to systematize and analyse the selected functioning practices for the labour market integration of asylum seekers and refugees.