IARS explores the current challenges for integration of migrants into the labour market

The European migrant crisis in 2015 saw over one million migrants and refugees flee their war-torn countries and cross Europe – some in severely overcrowded boats or shipping containers.

Tension within EU countries was rising as they struggled to cope with the disproportionate burden, with then-Prime Minister David Cameron promising that the UK will accept up to 20,000 refugees from Syria alone over the next five years.

Since 2015 the landscape of migrant labour amongst other things has been impacted significantly. Despite the number of migrants of working age living in the UK taking a sharp increase, the integration of immigrants into the labour market continues to pose constant barriers.

It’s not uncommon for newly-arrived migrants to struggle finding employment. Institutional and societal barriers are one thing, but on top of this they’re also faced with discrimination, gender inequality, and racial and cultural biases.

This is why IARS The International Institute’s two year ‘Move On’ programme is so important – it aims to share, develop and transfer effective practices, training and knowledge of professionals working with migrants and refugees.


Their upcoming event “Integrating migrants and refugees into the labour market: challenges and opportunities for career counselling” will debate current challenges for migrants’ and refugees’ integration into the labour market, with a particular focus on the situation in the UK.

Experts, researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and other professionals from the area of migration policy will come together to discuss conceptual and practical ways to move forwards.

Labour market integration and specialist career advice services for migrants and refugees will also be on-hand, along with first-hand testimonies from migrants and refugees sharing personal stories of their attempts to navigate the UK system and integrate into the labour market.

The event will be held on Wednesday 27th September 2017 at Canada Water Library, London. It’s a free event for small charities, young people, and asylum-seeking and refugee participants – general admission is available for a small donation.

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