The collection of best practices related to policymaking in the integration of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers is based on the research undergone by the SIRIUS project partners for Work Package 3. The examples do not provide an exhaustive list, and the list remains open for all stakeholders to provide more content by using this form.
The aim is to ensure that this remains a living community in which stakeholders can make each other aware of innovative policymaking solutions that can be adapted to various contexts to ensure a successful integration of newcomers on European labour markets. Keenly aware of the contextual differences, the SIRIUS project partners urge stakeholders to always consider the specificity of their situation before resorting to implementing any of the tried and tested practices from below.
The introduction of a new method of payment and retention of insurance contributions (“ergossimo”), aiming at combating undeclared work, can be considered as an example of best practice for the Greek case. The “ergossimo” is a kind of a special pay check which concerns workers exercising non-fixed or casual work with one or more employers. The “ergossimo” does not focus on businesses or individual employers, but on workers. Consequently, it combats undeclared work, and in particular tax evasion and it is as such that it has been classified in the Greek legal order. A large proportion of recipients who were targeted by this measure were immigrants, both domestic and farm workers.
This Passport is an assessment scheme for refugees, even for those who cannot fully document their qualifications. It is based on available documentation and structured interview. Started in 2017 as a pilot initiative, it involves several actors, namely, The Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affair, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, the Conference of University Rectors of Italy, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, the UNHCR Office in Greece the Council of Europe and several qualification recognition centres in Armenia, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK. This measure is definitely a facilitator to labor market integration. It is aiming to eliminate a barrier and to provide the recognition of skills in order to match the needs of the labor market. Although in initial phase it is a comforting measure. Nevertheless the coverage of this initiative is quite restrictive as it refers only to refugee population.