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 In2C dissemination event in Larissa

In2C dissemination event in Larissa

TCG – Regional Department of Central and Western Thessaly organizes a dissemination event in order to present the project In2C - Integration of third country nationals in the construction sector, Larissa, on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 18: 00-20: 30, at the TCG building ( Kallithea 7, "Ioannis Varnas" event room, 3rd floor).

The In2C project aims to facilitate and encourage the timely and effective integration of third-country nationals into the construction labor market through integrated training aimed at enhancing the language skills of their host countries and networking with employers active in In2C program activities.

The project is co-funded by the European Union, the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014-2020.

The second In2c Consortium meeting completed

The second In2c Consortium meeting completed

On 18th and 19th of July a consortium meeting was held in Madrid. The first evaluation report was presented and a discussion was held regarding the management of the project’s resources and schedule. Another project (MigErEmpower) was presented, in order to identify similar barriers with TCNs.

In the beginning of the meeting, the President of the TCG - Central and Western Thessaly, Nikos Papageorgiou, said:

"I would like to welcome all our partners who are here today. For the next two days, we will discuss and co-decide important issues of the project, both organizational and in relation to the next work packages. We have already completed the National Surveys in Greece, Cyprus, Sweden and Spain, and the project is now in its next phase of implementation.

In2C is a project that is particularly important for my country, since as you know Greece is receiving a huge wave of third-country nationals. In the last 5 years more than 1.1 million refugees have come to Greece. Their integration into the labor market is an important bet for both Greece and the European Union as a whole. It is therefore particularly important that, with you, we will develop European tools for integrating them into the labor market in the construction sector, thereby turning refugees into opportunities for the whole Union.

So I invite you to continue your efforts with the same zeal that you have shown so far in the coming period. "

FU showcased the most current data from the online survey management system, covering all four partner countries and both TCN and Employers. DIMITRA informed the partners that the project website (D.2.1) is already online in all four partner languages (www.in2c.eu). Next steps and objectives were discussed and agreed among partners.

During the second day FLC discussed ways to mobilize employers to actively promote TCNs integration in their workforce and TCG presented the focus group of construction occupations for whom the training package will be developed.

The 1st In2C meeting, co-ordinated by the TCG, completed

The 1st In2C meeting, co-ordinated by the TCG, completed

In2C kick-off meeting was held in Larissa, Greece, on the 5th and 6th of March, 2019. In this first Consortium meeting all partners were introduced, and an overview of the project and general guidelines for management and coordination were presented.

Welcoming the meeting, the President of the TCG - Central and Western Thessaly, Nikos Papageorgiou, stated the following:

"As you know, immigration and security continue to be the two main concerns of European citizens today. The EU has in recent years developed an increasingly operational approach to address these challenges. Some of you here today have already contributed to this, helping the EU to implement its policy effectively.

The programs you are participating in demonstrate the added value of supporting the European Union in providing assistance to Member States: better managing migration flows and increasing security for European citizens. Immigration is a major challenge for all of us. A successful immigration policy is both a humanitarian and a socio-economic imperative. That is why the EU has put in place an integrated immigration policy to support actions inside and outside Europe. The EU's aim is to create legal pathways for those in need of protection as well as for economic migrants. Those who have the right to remain should also be able to integrate with all possible support. This objective goes hand in hand with the need to address the root causes of illegal immigration, to limit the activity of traffickers, and to better protect our borders.

In 2018, 347 organizations benefited from the support of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Although we are not in the same situation as 2015, our work is not over. What we need to recognize is that immigration is a new reality. Therefore, we need a sustainable and long-term immigration policy that will answer the question: how do we help refugees and immigrants integrate and how do we build cohesive societies from the bottom up. We can only do this in partnership with national, local authorities and civic organizations through programs such as In2C.

We look forward to joining forces with you towards the successful outcome of the program. "

 

 

During the first day, each work package (WP) was presented by WP Leaders. TCG-CWT discussed WP1- Management and coordination of the action, DOCUMENTA presented WP2-Awareness raising activities and identification of key stakeholders’ participants, FOLKUNIVERITETET focused on WP3-Identification of good practices, labor market needs and barriers, TCG-CWT talked about WP4-In2C Training Package for TCNs, DIMITRA showcased WP5-In2C E-platform, E-Tools and WP6-In2C Skills Online Assessment Tool (SOnAT), and FLC discussed about WP7-Mobilizing employers to actively promote TCNs integration in their workforce. Next steps, priorities and objectives were discussed and agreed among partners.

During the second day, a workshop was held, where partners shared knowledge and good practices on barriers in training of TCN’s and integration into the labor market. Next meeting was determined to be held in Madrid, Spain on 18-19 July 2019

National Survey on the Employment of Third-Country Nationals in the Construction

National Survey on the Employment of Third-Country Nationals in the Construction

TCG - Department of Central and Western Thessaly is the coordinator of the European project "In2C - Integration of third country nationals in the construction sector" (funded by the European Union Asylum and Migration Fund). The project aims to facilitate the integration of third-country nationals into the construction market through integrated training in language skills and occupational health and safety issues.

In this context, a national survey is carried out on the basis of two questionnaires.

The first of these is aimed at employers employing Third-Country Nationals in the field of construction and aims to identify the medium-term market needs for specific specialties, the skills and qualifications required of potential employees and the problems encountered by employers who employ third-country nationals. TCG invites members who are active in the construction business and anyone interested to spend less than ten minutes of their time participating in the Employer Survey available in Greek at:

https://www.netigate.se/a/s.aspx?s=725343X182743452X34431

The second questionnaire is addressed to third-country nationals working in the construction sector and aims to identify the barriers they faced before joining the labor market. The employee questionnaire is available at:

https://www.netigate.se/a/s.aspx?s=725786X182743531X83571

TCG at the inaugural meeting of the European Commission projects on migration and security

TCG at the inaugural meeting of the European Commission projects on migration and security

The In2C project’s coordinator, Technical Chamber of Greece – Department of Central and Western Thessaly (TCG-CWT), attended the preparatory meeting for Grant Coordinators of projects funded by HOME funds in the framework of the Annual Work Programmes 2017. The HOME funds cover the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), Internal Security Fund Police (ISF-P) and Internal Security Fund Borders and Visa (ISF-B) as well as the Justice Programme Drugs strand. The objective of the kick off meeting was to inform Grant Coordinators of the latest policy developments in the area of the project as well as to introduce management aspects and specific requirements of projects co-funded by the EU.

The kick off meeting brought together representatives of the Commission and EU agencies, projects’ Grant Coordinators, and representatives of EU Member States from the AMIF/ISF Committee.

The event in Brussels was also attended by EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Mr Dimitrios Avramopoulos, who gave credits to the coordinator, Mr. Nikos Papageorgiou, for the In2C program, praising the efforts of TCG-CWT to tackle the problems associated with the migration of third-country nationals.

The President of the TCG pleased with the recognition and success of the program, said: "It is a great honor for us to represent the Technical Chamber in Europe. We are on the map of the Commission as a valuable policy-making partner.

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