Laatst gewijzigd: 06-08-2019

The issue of immigration and the integration of asylum seekers are high on the policy agenda of EU and OECD countries, both from an economic and a social point of view. The active participation of newcomers in the labour market and, more generally, in public life is vital for ensuring social cohesion in the host country and the ability of migrants to function as autonomous, productive and successful, self-confident citizens. The Sherpa-project is financed by the European Union.

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Why are some European countries far more successful than others in integrating immigrants into their societies and why are they better in offering opportunities to young immigrants to unfold their talents?

To improve policy measures in their own country, partners from 6 different European countries are trying to find answers on these questions by sharing knowledge in the Erasmus+ KA2 project Sherpa.

The project lasts from 1 October 2017 until 30 September 2019.

Programme, good practices and minutes of every meeting

Reasons for Sherpa

The recent flow of refugees from Syria, Eritrea and some other countries was the immediate cause for this project. However it is easily imaginable, that such flows of newcomers will be repeated in the future. For that reason there is a focus on the transferability of the lessons learnt for future situations.

Summary of the reasons:

  • Recent flow of refugees from Syria, Eritrea and other countries.
  • High on the political agendas from an economic and a social point of view.
  • Important for social cohesion and reducing shortages on labour market.
  • Vital for migrants to function autonomous.
  • Why are some countries better performing than others?
  • OECD study that showed large differences among countries regarding integration and equal opportunities.
  • CEDEFOP working paper ‘Valuing diversity; guidance for labour market integration of migrants’ that provides key messages to be used as a guide (Sherpa) to select the GP’s.
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Manfred Polzin

Manfred Polzin

Beleidsadviseur - Policy advisor
Carolien Meijer

Carolien Meijer