Access to decent work for refugees and other forcibly displaced persons

Access to Decent Work for Refugees and Other Forcibly Displaced Persons

Access to decent work for refugees and other forcibly displaced persons

13 March–6 April 2023
The course is available in English, العربية
Key features

Two substantive modules are offered online, with two more in the residential phase for an in-depth analysis


In addition to the conceptual framework and available tools, the course will draw on a range of case studies


An innovative,blended learning experience bringing high-level tuition on the ILO Guidelines directly to you


Learning begins online at own pace, continues through high-quality, engaging face-to-face sessions and ends with an individual assignment

Introduction to the course

Globally, an estimated 103 million people have been forcibly displaced by persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations and events seriously disturbing public order, overwhelmingly in emerging economies. The wider socio-economic consequences of forced displacement have triggered intense global debates on how to develop appropriate and sustainable policy responses to these challenges. The course is 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 is for policymakers and practitioners seeking to design and implement measures to facilitate the access of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons to the labour market, and to promote inclusive employment strategies and policies.

Who attends this course?

The course is designed for: Officials from ministries of labour and related institutions, other ministries and government agencies responsible for refugee related policies and programmes; Representatives from Employers and Workers' organizations; Staff from humanitarian and development organizations; Participants should hold positions directly related to the design and/or implementation of refugee related policies and programmes; Academics and researchers.

What topics does this course cover?

This course provides an overview of different approaches that aim to facilitate access to decent work for refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.

  • Key concepts and dynamics related to forced displacement, as well as the importance and impact of employment on livelihoods and self-reliance
  • International legal and normative frameworks, as well as legislative and administrative conditions and practices governing and enabling access to labour markets
  • Concrete examples and strategies from a range of different regional contexts.
What will I learn?

Participants practice promoting short- and long-term strategies and programmes for inclusive employment creation.

  • Understanding the impact of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons on labour markets
  • How human rights law and international labour standards provide decent work and social protection
  • The importance of including host communities in new strategies for employment creation in the formal labour market.
What will I be required to do during the course?

Course learning materials and tuition will be offered in English and Arabic.

The following requirements are therefore essential to participate in this course:

  • The ability to use and access a computer with internet.
  • Working knowledge of written English or Arabic.
  • The availability to dedicate per week between 5-10 hours to the course during the online phase, and a full week in Turin.
What will I be able to do?

By the end of the course, participants address labour market issues and promote employment-based responses to refugee situations.

  • Identify specific challenges and opportunities, including the gender dimension of access to decent work and self-reliance
  • Utilize international human rights and refugee legal frameworks, including fundamental principles and rights at work and the ILO’s 2016 Guiding Principles
  • Propose relevant legal and policy options to improve labour market access at the local and national levels
  • Access tools and methodologies to address the labour market impacts and promote employment-based responses to refugee situations.
Why should I join?

The Turin Centre is known for its innovative learning tools and methodologies.                                                                    

  • Course facilitators are subject matter experts and specialists
  • Training delivery includes online and residential (Turin-based) learning opportunities
  • Participants exchange knowledge and ideas on existing good practices

This course qualifies for the ITCILO Diploma for Labour Migration Experts and Practitioners. Take the Academy on Labour Migration, three courses out of all eligible courses within a five year period, and complete a capstone project to become part

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The course consists of 3 components: one comprising 2 online modules offered through the eCampus online platform to be completed over a period of 2 weeks from 13 to 27 March 2023. This will build the foundation for the residential component, which will accompany formal training with acticities fostering knowledge exchange and cross-fertilization of ideas. The course is broken down into three phases, for an estimated total of 60 learning hours:

  • Pre-course learning: Flexible self-guided and tutor-led online learning on eCampus and an end of phase assessment.
  • Residential learning: Face-to-face sessions and engaging presentations by highly experienced trainers, blended with individual and collaborative group exercises, peer-to-peer assessment and an end-of-phase assessment.
  • End of course assignment: Individual assignment applying the key learnings to a concrete context.

Participants who successfully complete all assessments and the final assignment will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

How to apply?

Interested candidates should register on-line through this link: Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Proven work experience in relevant field;
  • Submission of a letter of sponsorship to cover the total course fees. The deadline for applications is 17 February 2023.

The cost of participation is payable in advance by the participant or the sponsoring organization; please contact us at the following email: for the pricing information.


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