Name of the project: EMAT – European Migrant Advisor Toolkit
Duration: December 2011 – January 2014
Funding: Lifelong Learning Programme – Leonardo da Vinci
Project web page: www.migrant-toolkit.eu
EPMA’s role: Partner
EMAT aims at promoting the integration of migrants into the labour market, therefore allowing for their better overall integration with the local society. In the current uncertain climate, with rapidly changing labour markets and rising unemployment, the challenge of finding work becomes tougher every day for all unemployed people. Unemployed migrants can face many additional obstacles when they are seeking work, such as language and cultural differences, education standards, accreditation of qualifications, lack of knowledge from employers and advisers concerning the legal position of migrants and whether or not they have the right to work. Some migrants also face discrimination and hostility.
Accessing the high quality advice and guidance which they need has always been difficult for migrants. With increasing pressures on them, advice agencies are becoming harder pressed and even less equipped to meet their needs. The growing numbers of new programmes and services aiming to help integrate new migrants into host communities and countries too often lack a high quality Information, Advice and Guidance element geared to their needs which can deliver high quality support to help them make informed choices about their education, training and employment options.
This is what led to the idea for developing a European toolkit for information, advice and guidance providers – the European Migrant Advisor Toolkit, which is eventually going to be offered for free to all professionals and agencies that work in the relevant areas.
The project involves six partners from 5 EU countries:
Praxis Community Projects (UK)
The Gilfillan Partnership (UK)
Iberika Group (DE)
Fundacion Laboral del Metal (ES)
University of Szczecin (PL)
Cooperating organisations in the Czech Republic:
Multicultural Center Prague (MKC)
Integration centre Prague
International cultural institute KLÍČ
SOZE – Society of Citizens Assisting Migrants
Caritas Czech Republic