The introductory tour-de-table highlighted a set of common challenges among the attending states, such as the need to develop comprehensive external labour migration strategies, to attract (highly skilled and skilled) foreign labour force while simultaneously protecting the national labour market, or to design and conclude bi- and multilateral agreements in this policy area.
After a short re-introduction of the key findings of the Prague Process Handbook on Managing Labour and Circular Migration, participants had an opportunity to exercise the design of pre-departure and pre-decision systems for specific migration corridors and to develop a strategy for cross-border labour matching. Moreover, they were invited to address the frequent employment of migrant workers in the shadow economy and to tailor a reintegration package for return migrants.
The results of this training shall lead to an update of the Handbook on Managing Labour and Circular Migration. Nonetheless, further capacity building activities in this particular policy area shall be sought in the future.
- To strengthen the capacities of employment services and authorities to manage labour migration in order to better respond to national labour market needs and to better inform potential migrants on the possibilities of legal migration.
- To share experiences and best practices in organising labour migration.
- To strengthen cooperation on
assessmentof migrants’ skills and competences between countries of origin and destination in order to avoid “brain waste”, including through reinforcing the comparability of professional profiles.
- To share experiences and best practices on social protection schemes and to encourage negotiations and the conclusion of agreements on social security.
- To create support programmes aimed at the reintegration of migrants into labour markets in their countries of origin, taking into account proper use of their skills and competences acquired abroad.