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KOMPLEKS: International seminar on labour market integration for temporary protection beneficiaries

07 December 2023


On 7 December 2023, ICMPD organised the fourth international seminar in Warsaw as part of the ICMPD-led project “Comprehensive Support for People in a Vulnerable Situation in the Polish Migration Management System (KOMPLEKS)”, in collaboration with the Polish Migration Forum Foundation (PFM), and the Association for Legal Intervention (SIP).

The activation of the EU Temporary Protection Directive in March 2022 provided access to Member State labour markets for millions of people displaced from Ukraine. The high-level integration of temporary protection beneficiaries into the labour market can be attributed to several factors. These include labour shortages, the increase of online remote work, beneficiaries' high education levels, prior experience of neighbouring countries hiring Ukrainians, and support from personal networks, the diaspora, as well as active involvement from the private sector and civil society.

The first part of the seminar was dedicated to discussing the labour market integration of individuals under temporary protection within selected Member States. The second part focused specifically on employment conditions, work quality, and integration perspectives in Poland. The seminar aimed to examine current obstacles in the labour market integration of this group. Discussions during the event also covered possible medium- and long-term strategies designed to enhance labour market integration, both as a part of mainstream policies and targeted programmes. Participants examined a range of challenges associated with accessing quality employment, such as language barriers or caregiving responsibilities. These challenges particularly impact women and may result in employment incompatible with their qualifications or affect the overall quality of their work.

KOMPLEKS aims to support the Polish migration and asylum management system to address the needs of vulnerable migrants. The partnership consists of ICMPD, key institutions for migration and asylum management, NGOs, and Norwegian project participants. The programme operators in Poland are the Ministry of the Interior and Administration (Department of European Funds) and the European Projects Implementation Centre.