Coordination mechanisms in the field of migrants’ labour integration: the Italian experience

24 May 2021

Coordination mechanisms in the field of migrants’ labour integration: the Italian experience

3rd Capacity Building Workshop – 19th May 2021

On the 19th of May, the LIME project held its 3rd Capacity Building Workshop focusing on the Italian case. The online webinar gathered 61 participants mainly from Italy, and therefore was a big step towards the creation and activation of cluster networks in this country – and especially in Rome. 

The event, moderated by Dolinda Cavallo from ALDA, was first of all the occasion to present the LIME project and the lead partner of the project, CIES Onlus – with greetings from Elisabetta Bianca Melandri, Presidente of the NGO. Loredana Gionne, Head of International Cooperation and Co-development Department of CIES Onlus highlighted more specifically the impact of the Covid-19 on the project and the new challenges they had to tackle – and how they succeeded to do so!

From the LIME project, we talked about the inclusion of the migrants, in Italy first and then in Europe. 

We welcomed Tatiana Esposito  GD Migration and Integration policies of the Italian Ministry of Labour who presented the interventions and projects implemented in Italy to foster migrants’ labour inclusion. She focused on the fact that labour integration consists of one of the most important tools in order to help migrants and refugees; and insisted on the necessity to ensure close cooperation between the institutions as well as private and public actors at all levels (national and local). Tatiana Esposito particularly emphasized the role of the cities and quoted as a good example the case of Rome. 

Afterwards, Angelique Petrits, Policy Officer at the European Commission, gaves a european perspective to the discussion by presenting the Action Plan for Integration, its principles and key figures about employment and skills in Europe. She listed the most important areas of interventions of the Action Plan 2021 – 20217 approved by the EC to foster the inclusion of migrants: education, training, health and housing.The aims of this Action Plan are to establish a stronger cooperation between labour market actors, to give more support to migrant entrepreneurs, to increase the participation of migrant women in the labour market, and much more!

We also had the chance to listen to the voice of the private sector through the presentation of Monia Dardi, Diversity & Inclusion expert at Adecco Foundation. She emphasized the importance of creating networks between the public and private sectors and how it is necessary to set up a systemic approach when it comes to improve the inclusion of migrants into the labour market.

The webinar was then the opportunity to learn more about the MEIC – Migrants Economic Integration Cluster methodology throughout the presentation of Folco Cimagalli, Full professor of Sociology of Migrations at LUMSA University, and Cristiana di Pietro and Marco Mastrodascio, Researchers at LUMSA. Basing themselves on the case of Rome, they highlighted the first achievements of this pilot project and pointed out the interventions for migrants’ labour integration through the activation and piloting of clusters.

E. Roberta Petrillo, Senior Migration Expert at CIES Onlus, and Dolinda Cavallo, Project Manager at ALDA, engaged participants in interactive activities to address several questions to the audience. The aim of the discussion was to  collect feedback and opinion from the participants about the coordination with other stakeholders in labour inclusion in order to develop the MEIC toolkit – containing all tools and guidelines for the set-up of other successful vocation and entrepreneurial cluster initiatives.

The LIME project  will organize two others events, take note already of the following dates!

  • 9th of June, the International Capacity Building Workshop. You can already register HERE.
  • 21st of June, the Final Conference of the LIME project. You can already register HERE


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