Globally, more than 70 million people are forcibly displaced by conflict, violence and human rights violations, overwhelmingly in emerging economies. As displacement becomes increasingly protracted and refugees increasingly settle in urban areas rather than camps and rural areas, the wider socio-economic consequences of forced displacement have triggered intense debates globally on how to develop appropriate and sustainable policy responses to these challenges.
Development cooperation in which employment promotion for refugees, other forcibly displaced persons and host communities, alongside humanitarian assistance, is now a central pillar of the international response to refugee situations. But access to labour markets is usually constrained by refugees' unclear legal status and the limited degree to which they can enjoy economic and social rights. Competition in the highly crowded informal economy, where most forcibly displaced persons look for work, can also result in unfair competition for unauthorized and unprotected jobs.
Based on the ILO's 2016 Guiding Principles on the access of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons to the labour market, ILO standards, other human-rights instruments and existing good practices, this course aims to strengthen the capacities of policy-makers and practitioners in adopting measures to facilitate the access of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons to the labour market, and in promoting inclusive employment strategies and policies.
In relation to the need of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, by the end of this course, participants should be able to:
The course is divided into four substantive modules comprising specific themes and a fifth, synthesising, module:
The course is underpinned by five case studies – Colombia, Ethiopia, Jordan, South Africa, and Turkey – which provide an important vehicle for the delivery of the course.
The ITC promotes a three-phase approach in its learning activities:
Pre-training phase (online platform): Two weeks before the face-to-face (residential) phase, participants can access initial information on the course contents and follow an introductory module and exercises.
Face-to-face phase (residential): An action-oriented, highly participatory learning approach will be used, with particular attention devoted to sharing international experiences and “good practices” with a view to their adaptation and practical application. Training methods combine lectures and discussions, case studies, open space debates, role-play exercises and group work.
Follow-up phase (online platform): Participants can access course material, as well as new resources online, and can continue to discuss and consult with other participants and experts via the discussion Forum of the online platform. In addition to this, participants will be invited by the ILO to report on some of the actions taken by them towards enabling greater access to decent work after the course.
The course will be held in English.
Applicants should complete the online nomination form no later than 13 March 2020, supported by a nomination letter from the sponsoring institution indicating how the participant will be financed.
Please note that if a Schengen visa for Italy is needed, the time required is on average at least three weeks.