Move On Roundtable Event 2017: Integrating migrants & refugees into the labour market

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The Institute is pleased to announce an International Roundtable event titled "Integrating migrants & refugees into the labour market: Challenges and Opportunities for career counselling" that will be held on the 27th September 2017 in central London (Canada Water Library, Surrey Quays Rd, SE17 7AR).


The landscape of migrant labour in the EU is changing dramatically. The number of migrants of working age has risen sharply, however, immigrants continue to face persistent challenges to their integration in the labour market. Frequently, newly arrived migrants struggle to find a good job as they are faced with both institutional barriers as well as multiple discriminations, including gender inequality, racial and cultural biases.

Skilled and qualified migrants often experience “brain waste” given that their qualifications are not put to good use and they therefore are at risk of frustration, demotivation and de-skilling. On the other hand, not being able to fully profit of the skills and capacities of migrants is also an unnecessary waste for the countries of destination, who are not in measure to fruitfully build on the competences of their migrant workers.

The event will debate current challenges for migrants’ and refugees' integration into the labour market, with a particular focus on the situation in the UK. It will bring together 60 experts, researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and other professionals from the area of migration policy, labour market integration and specialists’ career advice services for migrants and refugees to discuss conceptual and practical ways to move forwards. First-hand testimonies from migrants and refugees sharing personal stories of their attempts to navigate the UK system and integrate into the labour market will be also presented.

This event is organised within the framework of the 2-year Erasmus+ funded programme “Gender and Migration – Move On Project”,  an innovative programme aiming to share, develop and transfer effective practices, training and knowledge of professionals working with migrants and refugees. The programme built on a counselling model, originally developed in Germany concerning gender and culturally sensitive guidance services to migrants. Discussions will draw on the research and practical findings of the projects published  in the comparative report: Time to Move On - A comparative study into gender, migration and counselling in Europe and in the Move On training handbook Gender and Diversity | A Teaching programme for migrants’ career guidance and counselling. The programme was delivered in partnership with seven expert organisations among six different countries, namely Anziani e non solo (IT), beramí berufliche Integration e.V. (DE), Family and Child Care Centre (GR), Associazione Progetto Arcobaleno onlus (IT), Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej (PL), SURT Fundació de dones Fundació privada (ES).


A call for workshops to be delivered in interactive roundtable format has been announced and we invite experts to submit proposals covering the following themes:

  • Challenges faced by migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in accessing the labour market.
  • Intersectional/gendered approaches to labour market and migration.
  • Innovative models and best practices promoting the effective integration of migrants into the labour and education.
  • Current challenges in policy and/or service provision in the UK and Europe.

We particularly welcome workshops of an interactive nature rather than paper presentations. If you wish to facilitate a workshop please submit your proposal to by 25 August 2017 including

  • Title of the workshop.
  • Short abstract (Up to 150 words).
  • Short biography and affiliation.

45 minutes will be allocated to each workshop.

BURSARIES (For International Participants)

We are pleased to offer a limited number of bursaries of up to €200 to assist in covering travel and accommodation costs for workshop facilitators. Migrants and refugees are particularly encouraged to apply for a bursary should they wish to attend the event. All participants are responsible to arrange their travel and accommodation. Should you wish to apply for a bursary please complete this form and submit it to by 9 August.


The conference has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines (20 CPD learning points). CPD Certificates will be awarded on the day to all delegates who have registered, donated and attended the entire day.



IARS Members and small charities - Free

This is a free event to all IARS Members, small charitable organisations (under 10 staff members), migrants and refugees.  

We want to make our event as accessible as possible to refugee and migrants to attend, therefore we commit to reimbursing up to £7 for travel expenses to any refugees and migrants coming to this event. However, in order to reimburse this on the day, we will need to be handed travel receipts.

General Admission

This is an accredited event that involves substantial costs to the charity. To secure your place, CPD Certification and lunch, we are requesting a donation of £20 via the Big Give or by emailing Larger donations are encouraged as all proceedings will be invested into our projects and ensure the continuation of our charitable work with marginalised communities.

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9:30 – 9:45



9:45 – 10:00


Wendy Smith, IARS Trustee

10:00 – 10:15

Setting up the Scene: Move On programme overview and event’s objectives

Dr. Simon Aulton,  IARS Deputy Director 

10:15 – 10:30

Keynote speakers

Amanuel Woldesus, Integration and Development Manager at Migrant's Resource Center


Don Flynn, former Director at Migrant's Rights Network and past president of PICUM – the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants

10:30 – 10:45

Move On: Gender, Migration and Counselling in the UK and Europe

Rosa Heimer, IARS Equalities Projects Coordinator

10:45 – 11:30

Migrants & Refugees Journeys

Refugee women from the Gender and Justice Empowerment Project 

11:30 – 12:15


 Chair: Wendy Smith, IARS Trustee

12:15 – 13:00



13:00- 14:30

Roundtable of Interactive Workshops

Break into 4 parallel groups 

Workshop themes & facilitators TBC

14:30 – 15:15 

Final Roundtable: Conclusions  

Rapporteurs from each group Presentations & Discussion

15:15 – 15:30

Next Step & Closing remarks

 Dr. Simon Aulton,  IARS Deputy Director