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

 
 
WHAT IS THIS GUIDE FOR REFUGEE RESEARCHERS ABOUT?
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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.

 

 

 

HOW CAN STAFF BE SUPPORTED?
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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.

For refugee researchers it is important to receive knowledge about legal procedures and access to the education sector, funding and employment for refugee researchers. Staff should make the refugee researcher familiar with the current situation in the respective country, available resources and perspectives.

Who should you involve?

  • experienced trainers can be recruited from a variety of sources, including public organisations or NGOs who provide legal counsel to refugees, ministries, international offices of research organisations and federal funding agencies
  • national employment agencies on the topics of access to labour markets, self-employment, and employee’s rights, as well as financial support;
  • scholarship agencies (depending on the national situation)

For legal counselling focus on:

  • The national asylum procedures, average duration of processes, statistics etc. and impact for refugee researchers;
  • The legal impact onto the chances of refugee researchers getting access to training measures, study programmes, and qualified employment;
  • Information on recognition of academic degrees: prerequisites contacts, added costs and financial support;
  • Create an overview of the legal situation regarding the access to higher education for refugee researchers, covering all stages and types of protection including:
    • impact of various types of protection on the RR
    • the ability of RRs to travel abroad for conference attendance or research stays
    • the impact of an application for protection on a possible later attempt to gain residence through employment and vice versa
    • the legal process, related costs and, if available, funding and support schemes related to access to study programmes and the recognition of qualification

Resources:

For a comprehensive overview of asylum policies and practices in Europe visit www.asylumineurope.org

For input about the recognition of academic degrees: All national ENIC NARIC contacts can be found through the official ENIC NARIC page

Here you can find the EU list of regulated professions that require the possession of a specific professional qualification.

 

 

 

AN OVERVIEW
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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.

  • Cara – Council for At-Risk Academics

    The Council for At-Risk Academics is a charitable British organisation, it provides urgently-needed help to academics in immediate danger, those forced into exile, and to many who choose to work on in their home countries despite serious risks. Cara also supports higher education institutions whose work is at risk or compromised. It also offers information resources and support for recognition.

  • CEU Open Learning Initiative, Budapest

    The Open Learning Initiative (OLIve) at Central European University focuses on opening access to higher education for refugees and asylum seekers.

  • Council of Higher Education (Turkey)

    Offers support for recognition

  • Guide to diploma recognition, Denmark

    The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education provides assessments of foreign qualifications.

  • Scholars at Risk Network – SAR (USA / international)

    Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of more than 500 universities, colleges, research centres and associations in 39 countries collectively working to protect threatened scholars and to promote academic freedom and related higher education values.

  • Recognition/Swiss ENIC

    Swissuniversities provides recommendations of recognition for foreign higher education qualifications as well as a diploma background report for refugees with insufficient documentation.

 

 

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.

  • Academic Horizon University of Geneva
    This program aims to enhance and strengthen the skills of university-level refugees and other populations with similar needs. It also aims to trigger a process of empowering participants in relation to their professional integration in Switzerland. The program is offered in partnership with the Office for the Integration of Foreigners of the Canton of Geneva (BIE) and with the support of private foundations.

  • Powercoders non-profit organisation
    Powercoders is a coding academy for refugees. Powercoders offer a 3-month coding boot camp in Zurich, Lausanne and Turin, followed by an internship. The ultimate goal of Powercoders is the permanent placement of trained refugees in IT-companies and IT-departments.

  • InZone, University of Geneva
    Services in Europe: First, a series of rapid response modules and e-learning pathways, training humanitarian interpreters to facilitate communication for the influx of refugees who have recently arrived on Europe’s shores.
    Second, in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency, an annual summer school on Higher Education in Emergencies, which brings together practitioners and professionals from across the globe to explore cutting-edge approaches to higher education in contexts of conflict and crisis.
    Third, together with UNHCR, the Connected Learning Consortium, a consortium of higher education actors that aims to promote connected learning at higher education level in fragile contexts.

  • Recognition/Swiss ENIC
    Swissuniversities provides recommendations of recognition for foreign higher education qualifications as well as a diploma background report for refugees with insufficient documentation.

 

 

Here you can download the map as pdf: A modularly structured training programme for the labour integration of refugee researchers (637.13 KB)