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02 December 2019 - 06 December 2019

Access to labour markets for refugees

02 December 2019 - 06 December 2019

Access to labour markets for refugees

Access to labour markets for refugees

Course Information

02 December 2019 - 06 December 2019

English

Turin Centre

Code: A9012031

English

Enrolment deadline: 02 November 2019

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Description

Description

Globally, more than 68.5 million people are forcibly displaced by conflict, violence and human rights violations, overwhelmingly in emerging economies. This is more than at any time since World War II. As displacement becomes increasingly protracted, cities may offer better economic prospects than camps and rural areas. But access to urban labour markets is usually constrained by refugees' unclear legal status and degree of enjoyment of economic and social rights. Competition in the highly crowded informal economy, where most forcibly displaced people look for work, can also result in unfair competition for unauthorized and unprotected jobs. 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. Based on the ILO's guiding principles on the access of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons to the labour market, as well as ILO standards and other human-rights instruments and existing good practices, this course aims to strengthen the capacity of policy-makers and practitioners in adopting measures to facilitate the access of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons to the labour market.

Target audience

Target audience

The course is aimed at the following groups: policy-planners and officials from government institutions and agencies dealing with refugees and forcibly displaced people, and responsible for labour market policies; representatives of workers' and employers' organizations; staff of NGOs and civil society organizations, and activists working with refugees at grass-roots level; staff of international development agencies and regional economic communities; researchers and academics working on the migration crisis.

Objectives

Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • understand and address key issues related to refugees’ access to labour markets, including gender-specific aspects;
  • understand the strategic importance of partnerships with national and international actors in addressing refugee situations;
  • define the terms of access to labour markets for refugees that also meet the needs of the local workforce;
  • understand the importance of addressing these issues through strengthening enabling environments for decent work and livelihoods for host communities that also benefit refugees and other forcibly displaced persons;
  • analyze and utilize the ILO’s international labour standards and tools to effectively protect refugees’ rights at work;
  • improve capacity for the effective recognition and development of refugees’ skills, including through Recognition of Prior Learning;
  • develop mechanisms to identify and address informality and support the transition of enterprises into the formal economy, including refugee-owned enterprises;
  • recognize the pivotal role of social dialogue and the meaningful engagement of trade unions and employers’ organizations in the protection of refugees’ rights and conditions at work;
  • gain insight into methods of improving occupational safety and health standards in the workplace to the benefit of nation and refugee workers;
  • apply the ILO’s decent work principles in policies and programmes that will benefit host and refugee communities. 

Content

Content

  • Key challenges and opportunities related to access to labour markets for refugees.
  • Application of international labour standards.
  • Addressing informality through mechanisms of formalization.
  • Recognition and development of the skills of host community and refugee workers.
  • The role of social dialogue and the social partners in promoting refugees’ access to labour markets and protection of workplace rights and conditions of work.
  • Good practices and lessons learned from specific national contexts, including partnerships and networks. 

Format and Methodology

Format and Methodology

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, during which participants can access initial information on the course content and follow an introductory module.
  • Face-to-face phase (residential) which combines lectures and discussions, as well as case studies, role-play exercises and group work.
  • Follow-up phase (online platform), during which participants can access course material, as well as new resources online, and can continue the discussion and consultation with other participants and experts via the internet through the Forum discussion of the online platform.

During the course

An action-oriented, highly participative approach will be used, with particular attention devoted to sharing international experiences 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 using up-to-date learning methods and technologies. Particular attention is paid to the presentation of “good practices” through case studies reflecting experiences already gained locally and internationally. 

Language requirements

Language requirements

The course will be held in English. 

How to apply

How to apply

Applicants should complete the online nomination form no later than 02 November 2019, supported by a nomination letter from the sponsoring institution indicating how the participant will be financed. The form can be found here.

Please note that if a Schengen visa for Italy is needed, the time required is on average at least three weeks.

Tuition cost: 1615

Subsistence cost: 635

Total cost: 2250

 

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