When we look at the initiatives taken and efforts made with regard to integration and inclusion in the labour market in Europe, this issue relates to target groups that have problems finding and holding down a job.
In this context the term “inclusion” stands for endeavours to create jobs for the disabled.
“Integration” refers to all other groups of unemployed people to whom the labour market is totally or partly closed.
That this matter is viewed as important by the partners in the network of the European Centre for Workers’ Questions (EZA) is proven by the fact that ten projects on this issue alone were carried out in the 2015 education year.
A core value of our work is making people the focus of our activities. This is particularly true when it comes to integration and inclusion in the labour market. That is why the EZA commissioned this research report to identify which people are actually at risk of being excluded from the labour markets in Europe.
The study shows that a re-think is required. Because, besides low-qualified and disabled workers, there are other groups that are easily forgotten: increasingly older workers, young people, the chronically ill, migrants – they all run the risk of losing opportunities to work and live in the European labour market.
The brochure is published in German, English, Spanish and Dutch, authors are Miet Lamberts and Jan Van Peteghem, HIVA – Onderzoeksinstituut voor Arbeid en Samenleving.