Enabling migrants to gain access to employment constitutes one of the greatest challenges involved in the management of a multicultural society. Indeed, having a job is a key element of the integration process. Nevertheless, numerous statistics demonstrate that the professional integration of migrants can be problematic. In Switzerland, as elsewhere in Europe, foreign nationals are over-represented among the beneficiaries of the principal social welfare schemes and they have relatively low employment rates. This is due to a series of factors including insufficient training, non-recognised qualifications, the lack of a network or discrimination on the part of employers.
This seminar will firstly aim to develop an understanding of the disadvantages which migrants face on the employment market. Secondly, it will examine the instruments which can be used to deal with this situation, particularly measures for promoting professional integration. The seminar will look at promising measures developed in Switzerland and abroad. Finally, the course will study the institutional aspects involved and whether the establishments responsible for social policy, the employment market and integration can work together to meet the challenge of integrating migrants into the labour force.