Skills and migration

Skills and migration

The ETF works on the skills dimensions of migration to help citizens in its partner countries improve their employability in a global world.

What are our key areas of work?
  • Migrants’ learning pathways and how they interact with lifelong learning systems in partner countries and the EU (new study to be launched in 2022)
  • The recognition of skills and qualifications, including a reference to migrants and their specific needs (new study to be launched in 2022)
  • The triangular relationship between migration, human capital formation, and labour markets; research and analysis were carried out in the Western Balkan countries in 2020–21 (reports produced in 2021: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and the Western Balkans
  • As part of the human capital development systems’ assessment, policy responses and good practices related to the skills dimensions of migration (country fiches produced in 2021: Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, Tunisia and Ukraine)
  • A joint ETF/ITC-ILO e-learning course on the skills dimensions of labour migration offered to policy makers and practitioners


The European approach to migration

Our work aligns with the European Commission’s New Pact on Migration and Asylum. To improve cooperation with key partner countries and facilitate legal migration to the EU and mutually beneficial mobility, the Commission is launching Talent Partnerships (first in the EU’s neighbourhood region, the Western Balkans, and in Africa). Talent Partnerships ‘combine support for mobility schemes for work or training with capacity building in areas such as labour market or skills intelligence, vocational education and training, integration of returning migrants, and diaspora mobilisation’.

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