Guide on Labour Market Integration of Refugee Researchers

The information in this guide aims at fostering the personal agency of refugee researchers. It should enable them to make the best use of not only their existing skills and professional experiences, but also of the relevant resources that are available to them in the host country.

Who should be working with this guide?

The guide addresses refugee researchers as well as staff at research and higher education institutions as well as at EURAXESS Centres that work with refugee researchers. 

The information provided features results of the EURAXESS TOP IV Project Task 3.4. Refugee Initiatives of the following participating countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Austria, as well as results of the BRiDGEII Project. Besides, some cases of good examples were selected through the EURAXESS network and the other projects funded by the European Commission.


Which topics will be addressed?

  • Counselling techniques for the work with refugee researchers
  • Basic legal information for refugee researchers
  • Early career development counselling

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This guide is to help refugee researchers navigate through the relevant resources for career orientation and training available within Europe and therewith assist in the integration into the European labour market. The information ranges from language course to research and higher education funding programmes as well as to academic mentoring programmes.

Furthermore the EURAXESS Career development resources for researchers offers important information for career development for researchers, including many tools and resources also on career opportunities outside academia as well as policy recommendations.

As researcher you may also post your CV on the EURAXESS portal.




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Support for Staff

This section is primarily aimed at the staff of EURAXESS network members and staff working with refugee researchers in general. The guide is offering information for staff on how to support comprehensive career planning for refugee researchers in an early stage. It should assist in enabling refugee researchers to create their own individual paths and work towards a sustainable career in the host country be it inside or outside of research, while minimizing the threat of dequalification.

Note: The goal is to create more impact in raising awareness for the situation of refugee researchers among staff, and up the possibility of the respective research and higher education institutions joining (additional) networks. Therefore this type of information can also be useful for general awareness raising and national lobbying purposes.




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Useful Tools and Resources

This overview ranges from information on language courses, support and information services for academic recognition to research and higher education funding programmes as well as to academic mentoring and training programmes available for refugee researchers.



Here you can download A modular structured training programme for the labour integration of refugee researchers (942.08 KB)

Career DEvelopment services' map
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This collection is a result of the BRiDGEII-Project. It includes information on existing career development services and career opportunities in the academic and non-academic sector in participating countries that could be of relevance for researchers at risk.

Information on career development for researchers and organisations, including many tools and resources also on career opportunities outside academia as well as policy recommendations can be accessed on the EURAXESS website on career development.

  • Integration Training Programme (IGU)
    The Basic Integration Training Programme (IGU) is a two-year course which has been offered since 1st July 2016. The IGU is a complement to work experience and wage subsidised positions and aims to improve the chances of refugees to find permanent jobs in Denmark. When the employee is finished after 2 years, he receives a training certificate. The company receives a bonus of DKK 20,000 after the first 6 months of the course and again once the IGU has been completed.

  • University of Copenhagen
    The University of Copenhagen encourages refugees in Denmark to look for vacant positions at the University of Copenhagen. Recruitment at the University of Copenhagen is based upon an open, transparent and merit-based procedure.

  • University of Copenhagen - Dual Career ~ Spouse Network
    University of Copenhagen welcomes all partners and spouses of International Employees of the University of Copenhagen to the Dual Career ~ Spouse Network. This network is aimed to provide support in understanding and benefitting from the networking opportunities in Denmark. It will aid one's professional and social aspirations, with customised programs organised by the team.

  • University of Copenhagen - Job Search and Career Counselling
    ISM, through the career counselling program, will be able to assist refugees in understanding this process, gaining the needed skills and knowledge in order to embark on a career in Denmark.

  • CBSI Sprogcenter - City of Copenhagen
    The job centre offers Danish training to foreigners who receive unemployment benefits, cash benefits or integration benefits.

  • Guide to diploma recognition - Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education
    The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education provides assessments of foreign qualifications.

  • Mentoring program for highly educated refugees - Nydansk Association (Foreningen Nydansker)
    The Nydansk Association (Foreningen Nydansker), an educational and vocational membership organization with over 100 private and public companies that supports the integration of immigrants in the labor market, regularly collaborates with companies on mentoring programs for highly educated refugees. The mentor program runs for 6 months as a joint coordinated effort, where the company's employees have the opportunity to volunteer as a mentor for a highly educated refugee within the same professional field. DTU Career Mentoring Program is a collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark.



Here you can download the map as pdf: Career Development Services Map (BRiDGE II) (919.94 KB)