When: 15 October 2015 (2.30pm - 6pm)
Where: European Economic and Social Committee, Room VMA 3, Rue Van Maerlant 2, 1040 Brussels
The European Economic and Social Committee will organise, on 15 October 2015, a conference on "Refugees' labour market integration: Obstacles and initiatives to maximise potential".
The conference will focus on the employment of refugees and other beneficiaries of international protection. Having a job will ease social integration, diminish reliance on social benefits and increase the possibility to find decent housing. Employed refugees will contribute to the social security system and their increased spending on consumer goods will be beneficial to the economy as a whole. Over time, this can help European countries to address demographic decline, ageing populations and shortages on the labour market, which will benefit both the refugees' concerned and the host societies.
Stakeholders from various backgrounds will come together to look at the obstacles and challenges encountered, as well as discuss initiatives that aim to foster refugees' labour market integration.
The event takes place in the context of the EESC opinion on the European Agenda on Migration and aims to produce recommendations to the EU institutions that can be included in that opinion.
On the programme: representatives from the European Commission, UNHCR, the German public employment service, a business federation and civil society.
For more information and registration: http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.events-and-activities-refugees-labour-integration-programme&_cldee=ZWthQHJldmVzbmV0d29yay5ldQ%3d%3d&urlid=4