PROSPECTS FOR INTEGRATION OF MIGRANTS FROM "THIRD COUNTRIES" AND THEIR LABOUR MARKET SITUATIONS: TOWARDS POLICIES AND ACTION
Workshop 1 report: March 12-13, 2009 in Ljubljana, Slovenia PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 May 2009 12:05

First workshop of all partners involved in PRIMTS project took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia in March 2009. The purpose of this two day workshop was to present progress on the first working paper, which was analyzing data on (un)employment of "third country nationals" and of industry and service sectors where they work. During our presentations we came to several common conclusion and dilemmas connected to our researches. Most prominent being the definition of "third country nationals" itself and gathering of statistical data connected to explored indicators.

Interestingly, we discovered that there is no uniform definition of "third country nationals" as to which citizens are actually considered "third country nationals". Therefore we agreed on a common definition that will be used throughout the project. We also came across the important issue that many countries do not lead separate statistics on "third country nationals" and that statistics from source to source at times differentiated substantially. However, we overcame this matter by critically scrutinizing all available data and analyzing it accordingly.

Interesting conclusions were made regarding situation of "third country nationals" on the labour markets and despite having such a variety of partner organizations involved in the project with different historical, social, economical and political backgrounds and experiences, many similarities in the state of the art could be identified. From the sectors where "third country nationals" mostly work to the (labour market) positions they have in each respective country.

The workshop was also a good starting point to determine technicalities of the project, to get to know each other and to meet partners from previous projects again and to determine the course of events for following months in terms of project structure and time line.

 Interestingly, we discovered that there is no uniform definition of "third country nationals" as to which citizens are actually considered "third country nationals". Therefore we agreed on a common definition that will be used throughout the project. We also came across the important issue that many countries do not lead separate statistics on "third country nationals" and that statistics from source to source at times differentiated substantially. However, we overcame this matter by critically scrutinizing all available data and analyzing it accordingly.

Interesting conclusions were made regarding situation of "third country nationals" on the labour markets and despite having such a variety of partner organizations involved in the project with different historical, social, economical and political backgrounds and experiences, many similarities in the state of the art could be identified. From the sectors where "third country nationals" mostly work to the (labour market) positions they have in each respective country.

The workshop was also a good starting point to determine technicalities of the project, to get to know each other and to meet partners from previous projects again and to determine the course of events for following months in terms of project structure and time line.