NGO/Civil Society

NGO’s have unique possibilities of contributing to the integration of migrants by exploring the gaps between the public sector, the private sector and individuals. The space generated by lack of formal legislation or guidelines is always a space in which there are possibilities for development and improvement. NGO’s have the appropriate profile and they can intervene in areas where other agents would find it difficult to operate.

 

The main added value that NGO’s can bring is an increased dynamic between the public sector, the private sector and the social society. In actions like sessions with employers for bringing awareness on the legal rights of migrants, alignment with the public institutions for harmonizing the process of studies recognition, processes for encouraging entrepreneurship for migrants, conversation groups and family mentoring, the contribution of NGO’s could make a difference.

The active contribution of NGO’s helping the integration process of migrants into the labour market is actually the end goal of achieving a fast and thoughtful integration. In terms of results it would mean that the NGO’s capacity for execution and results are admirable which could contribute on the reputation piece as well.

 

Another aspect that could be seen as an advantage is the visibility piece. Working on projects contributing to the integration of migrants is a very visible activity especially at national level. The visibility of good results and reputation go hand in hand and contribute to the construction of project portfolios and attract future projects and intense activity.

 

Looking at the collaborative style of work we could say that another advantage would be the development of a strong partnership with the public and private sector. The solid bases of a strong partnership with local authorities’ and companies is a component that could be used in time and could prove as a strong advantage.

NGO’s can contribute by:

  • Open sessions with employers with the objective of emphasising the legal rights of employees and the consequences of discrimination
  • Work with public authorities to harmonize the process of recognition of the higher education diplomas issued by other EU member states or third-party countries
  • Ensure collaboration with representatives of the public and private sector to be able to connect the migrants need for jobs and potential needs on the labour market
  • Open sessions on awareness of the legal national procedures of registering new companies; legal counselling can be provided on terms and regulations of the national legislation for eventual migrant entrepreneurs
  • Conversation groups / language exchange meetings. The faster the migrants learn the language fluently, the faster and more likely they are to get a job. We already know now that it is very difficult to learn another language if you only go to language classes, but do not use the language in your spare time. Therefore, it is an opportunity to create language exchange meetings and help in an informal way
  • Family mentoring – So a local person can be a mentor for a new family. It can be difficult if you come to another country, so if you have a local person who you can call and for example ask: “I need to go to the doctor, but how can I do this?” Then it would always be the same person or the same group of people that could assist.