SIRIUS is an EU founded project which was launched in January 2018 and will run for three years. It is consisted of 11 partners from 7 countries and it builds on a multi-dimensional conceptual framework in which host country or political-institutional, societal and individual-related conditions function either as enablers or as barriers to migrants’, refugees’ and asylum seekers’ integration via the labor market.
SIRIUS has a mixed methods approach and innovative dissemination plan involving online priority action networks, film essays, festival, job fair and an applied game along with scientific and policy dialogue workshops and conferences.
To do so, it has three main objectives:
- to provide systematic evidence on post-2014 migrants, refugees and asylum applicants especially women and young people and their potential for labor market employment and, more broadly, social integration
- to advance knowledge on the complexity of labor market integration for post-2014 migrants, refugees and asylum applicants, and to explore their integration potential
- to advance a theoretical framework for an inclusive integration agenda, outlining an optimal mix of policy pathways for labor market integration including concrete steps that Member States and other European countries along with the EU can take to ensure that migrant-integration policies and the broader system of workforce-development, training, and employment programs support new arrivals’ access to decent work opportunities and working conditions.
As one of the 3 NGOs involved in the project, SolidarityNow saw this project not only as being great opportunity but also as an important effort because labor market integration is part of what we do through our programs and advocacy efforts. We saw it as an opportunity to better inform our work and services and on the other help us develop more evidence-based research and policy recommendations at the national level.
Finally, we recognized the gender- sensitive approach the project is taking, which aligns with how we seek to support women and the additional burdens they face and our goal to reach an in-depth understanding of gender differences. Within the Consortium, we are focusing on the practical implementations of the research findings by hosting a Job Fair in Thessaloniki in spring 2019, and the testing of a Serious Game that employment agencies, migrant organisations and other stakeholders seeking to facilitate the labor market inclusion of recent migrants, asylum seekers and refugees will be able to use.
For more information, please visit the project’s website: https://www.sirius-project.eu/