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Article written by Duncan Barry – Media and Information Executive, MEUSAC

7 December 2017

 

Funding call to help foster integration of third country nationals in the labour force

 

A new funding call under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, has been launched with the aim to help foster integration of third country nationals (TCNs) in the labour market.

 

Integration in the labour market is a challenge that must be tackled by all the stakeholders involved to create the conditions for the swift and effective integration of TCNs in the labour market. Economic and social partners and public and private employers play a vital role in helping bring about a smooth transition in this regard.

 

In 2017, the European Commission launched several initiatives to mobilise the above-mentioned stakeholders to promote labour market integration. In fact, on May 23, 2017, on the occasion of the second European Dialogue on Skills and Migration, employers and representatives of economic and social partners discussed the challenges and benefits of the integration of TCNs in the labour market and exchanged good practices on how to effectively promote integration.

 

That same day, an initiative titled ‘Employers together for integration’, was launched in order to give visibility to the activities put in place by employers to support integration of refugees and other migrants in the workforce and beyond.

 

In order to continue this process, and considering the different levels of experience and of engagement across the EU on this issue, it is particularly relevant to promote transnational projects and partnerships to foster the integration of TCNs in the labour force and to promote employers' and social partners' engagement on this topic.

 

The objectives of the call include promoting early and effective integration by creating effective transnational partnerships with all those involved, in particular social and economic partners, employers, public and private employment services and national and local authorities, to help foster the development of tools, methods, capacity building and experience exchanges, and to bring about awareness on the conditions for early and effective labour market integration of TCNs, as well as of its economic and social benefits.

 

The total budget earmarked for this particular call is €8 million The EU will co-finance up to 90% of the total eligible costs and the grant amount requested must be between €450,000 and €1,000,000. Applications submitted under this strand must involve a partnership of at least three distinct organisations from at least two different Member States (excluding Denmark).

 

Public and private employers and social partners are being urged to apply for this funding opportunity.

 

Worthy of note is the fact that activities submitted under this call should not be already financed under other EU funds, in particular the European Social Fund.

 

Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018 at 5 p.m.

 

Application process    

Applying for funds is a lengthy process and this is where MEUSAC steps in, by assisting in the application process, including the drafting of the project’s proposals. It is of pertinent importance for potential applicants to be aware of the fact that in order to be considered for the funds, applicants must satisfy the programme’s priorities.

 

For more information or to set up an appointment to apply for the above-mentioned call, contact MEUSAC on funding.meusac@gov.mt or call 2200 3300.