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Integration of migrants and refugees in the labour market - the role of workers' organizations

The present report summarises the results of a series of seminars from the educational year 2017/2018, which the European Centre for Workers 'Questions (EZA) carried out with participation of six of its member centres on the topic of "Integration of migrants and refugees in the labour market - the role of workers' organizations".

It shows that labour migration and flight have specific causes and require differentiated political and social measures and guidelines. Integration into the labour market is a fundamental prerequisite for successful social inclusion in the target countries. The report emphasises in particular migration is not only a challenge but also a cultural and social opportunity for Europe and that successful integration requires the greatest possible efforts of all those involved - both of those who receive and of those who arrive. This insight leads to an urgent plea for an inclusive standard European migration policy. From a Christian-Social perspective, we would like to underline that migrant workers and refugees should not be seen as numbers but must be perceived as real people.

At the same time, the text presents a systematic treatment of the aspects that EZA and its member centres have dealt with in recent years in the seminars on the subject of integration of migrants and refugees; and shows concrete trends for the future based on exact questions so that it can also be used as a compendium for those planning a seminar on the integration of migrants and refugees in Europe.

The brochure has been published in Portuguese. Its author is Maria Reina Martin.

Integration of migrants and refugees in the labour market - the role of workers' organizations