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FIER – Fast-track Integration in European Regions

The FIER project aims at developing instruments and strategies for a fast-track labour market integration of disadvantaged groups among refugees and asylum-seekers. Our main objective is to develop quality competence assessment strategies, training curricula, self-empowerment initiatives, and a workplace language learning concept to reach a fast and successful integration process in different European territories.

Focus Areas

The intervention model of the project is based on some underlying main principles that will be respected in any activity carried out in the framework of the project:

  • Focus set on skills and talents: every person has talents that can be used in working contexts.
  • Attention to women: being part of the workforce is considered to be one of the main tools to promote refugee women’s integration in the host society.
  • Language courses – not sufficient:  there is a need of more courses that include, beside the learning activity of the language of the host country, an overview of the local culture, practical skills, and everyday problem solving.
  •  Training activities linked to working places and companies.
  • Interactivity and innovation revolution: the link to the labour market is “new” and the consortium of FIER will build on initiatives such as the Erasmus+-funded project TALENTS and Support Group Network, a new setting directly linked to refugees and fast-track labour market integration.
  • Self-empowerment of refugees: a major key of integration lies in the refugees themselves. Activating their motivation, power and abilities is crucial for any integration efforts.

Working Groups

With the aim of reaching the objectives contained within each of the focus areas, four working groups made up of project partners have been set up to monitor and feed the project activities. They tackle the following general aspects:

  • Fast-track language and vocational training
  • Guidance, competence balancing and validation
  • Co-operation with  companies
  • Self-empowerment of refugees

Objectives

  • Analyse the main challenges for the new arrivals.
  • Identify, analyse, adapt and pilot different kinds of measures that are likely to be inclusive.
  • Capitalize on the wealth of existing but fragmented and not always easily accessible knowledge at local and regional level including main stakeholders but also individuals.
  • Discuss and further foster knowledge and exchange experience on how the findings can facilitate the establishment of the new arrivals.

Outputs