The Work4Integration project was included by the ISMU Foundation among the best practices of socio-economic inclusion of migrants in the context of a mapping of the experiences activated on the national territory carried out in collaboration with the Migration and Labour Network.

The socio-economic inclusion of migrants is a key element to maximize the economic benefits of immigration and reduce its negative impact, as well as improving coexistence and democracy. Fostering the process of rapid integration of people who were traumatised by tortuous migratory journeys and acknowledging the skills and strengths they were able to develop despite their situation, is a challenge as demanding as it is essential. Society and local institutions, as well as various businesses and economic stakeholders, play a strategic role in reaching this goal. In recent years, they have been the starting point of valuable and innovative experiences throughout the national territory to support the social and working inclusion of migrants and beneficiaries of international protection.

The mapping carried out by ISMU Foundation aims to give visibility and representation to these experiences, to foster the activation of synergies able to optimize the impact of the resources put in place and promote the generation of virtuous circles.

The initiatives considered in the research were developed in the following areas:

  • Orientation to active job-seeking
  • Assessment of skills and competences
  • Direct job matching
  • Internships and work placements
  • Job creation and self-entrepreneurship
  • Strengthening of skills, literacy and civic education as tools for job seeking
  • Training and professional development
  • Diversity management and valorisation of cultural and religious differences
  • Corporate welfare and corporate social responsibility.

Among the selected initiatives, the Work4Integration project is an innovative experiment of cooperation between public, private and third sector organizations, proposing an empowerment model which brings together economic integration, social inclusion and well-being of the individual and the family.
The “Integrated Approach” guaranteed by the work of a multi-disciplinary team is necessary, in order to better support the vulnerability of the target. The support and legal assistance given to various companies was also crucial to raise awareness within the labour market regarding the social and economic integration of migrants, asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection.

Mapping available soon at www.ismu.org.