Ethnic minority participation through education and employment
Many Roma, Irish travellers and other migrants face major difficulties integrating into the labour market. They can find themselves pushed to the margins of the local economy, often stigmatized and socially excluded.
On the frontline against labour exclusion, local authorities are uniquely positioned to facilitate more equal employment opportunities. However, due to economic crisis and financial distress, they often lack opportunities to create more effective and inclusive employment strategies.
To tackle these issues, 11 European partners have come together to create the project LABOUR PLUS which will run over 3 years (2012-2014) and is cofinanced by the European Union. It aims to develop innovative ways of enhancing labour market and define strategies to improve the situation of the disadvantaged social groups.
The project will create an exchange of policies and strategies to improve the partners’ labour markets and to invest in new ways to assist individuals in their own development in order to successfully enter the labour markets. It also enables the partners to tackle discrimination and unemployment by analysing and discussing existing policies, strategies and scenarios. The regional documentation and information is grouped by country thanks to a common tool elaborated with pearltrees.
Following the conclusion of our 3 years cooperation, a guide of policy recommendation has been drafted. The author, Dr. Elise Feron, gathered the inputs of all the partners to draft this guide with the coordination help of County Council of Alt Empordà and the Latvia University.
The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers