The EU’s CEDEFOP Agency in Thessaloniki, Greece has recently published a study on delivering labour market integration guidance to immigrants, using MIPEX as a reference guide. In its introduction about why study guidance for immigrants, CEDEFOP recommends that “The strategy adopted by national states for the resident immigrant population should combat labour market mismatch, youth disengagement from education and training, and adopt an inclusive strategy that considers the needs of groups and of subgroups at greater risk, particularly women children, the unemployed and those with low qualifications. A publication from the European Commission (2013) highlights that the education and labour market outcomes for nationals and immigrants are still substantially different. Generally, immigrants have lower employment levels, suffer from greater youth disengagement from education (especially among the children of the less qualified) and are at greater risk of poverty and social exclusion.”
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Eurostat, the EU ‘s Statistical Office, has begun to regularly publish detailed reports on the annual migrant integration indicators (also known as the EU’ s ‘Zaragoza’ Indicators). The publication is a detailed ‘Statistics Explained’ report and includes key charts and raw data and as well as references to relevant studies, including MIPEX and the OECD.
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EUObserver – an EU news source – ran today an overview of 2015’s upcoming national elections and the potential challenge posed by far-right and anti-immigrant parties to mainstream parties. They suggest that anti-establishment parties have at least nine chances
Costs and bureaucracy remain barriers to people who wish to become Irish Citizens and should be examined as part of an overall review of the process, according to the Immigrant Council of Ireland and Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support
This is an 8 month pilot project founded by the Open Society Institute for Europe (OSIFE). It will lay the foundation for citizenship campaigns to be implemented in up to 10 European countries in order to promote naturalization and political mobilization of migrants as citizens.
Unlike in traditional countries of immigration such as Canada and the US, most immigrants in Europe do not naturalize and consequently cannot participate in elections. Whereas voter registration and turnout can be an issue, it is striking how little attention has been paid to the fact that most immigrants in Europe are absent in the political landscape simply because they are not citizens. Being barred from voting on the national, regional and European level therefore leaves a considerable part of the European population disenfranchised and hence with little opportunities to influence political decision-making. Furthermore, policy makers do not have to consider them as an important interest group that needs to be consulted and taken seriously.more details
Reliable data is needed to ensure equality and actively fight discrimination. Data does this by measuring inequalities and allowing the development of positive solutions to inequality such as targeted social policies. Data also allows us monitor whether these measures work.
The Equality Data Initiative (EDI), initiated by the Open Society European Policy Institute, and implemented in collaboration with the Migration Policy Group and the European Network Against Racism, aims to develop research on, and increase awareness of, the need for data regarding specific minority groups in the European Union (EU). Its ultimate goal is to enhance the measurability of (in)equality for groups at risk of discrimination. The EDI has six components including consultation with established experts, comparative policy-oriented research resulting in a report (see below), identification of, and consultation with, national stakeholders, national and EU targeted advocacy, and strategic litigation.more details