The project Prosper BSR empowers business support organisations to integrate refugees and immigrants into labour markets, and ensure access to skilled workforce at the same time.
The current wave of millions of refugees from Ukraine poses a great and sudden challenge, especially to the Baltic Sea countries. However, this should not only be seen as a burden for the systems but especially as an opportunity. Due to demographic change, all Baltic Sea countries complain about a massive shortage of skilled workers, in almost all sectors. Successful integration of refugees into the labour market not only relieves the social systems but also returns some dignity and a perspective. Effective inclusion of refugees and immigrants makes societies inherently more resilient to further challenges and is therefore particularly relevant. This can only succeed if the relevant institutions, especially the business support organizations (BSOs), which act as intermediaries between the business community and the public authorities, take on this important task. BSOs in DE have some experience from previous waves, while the ones in PL, LT and LV so far lack the institutional knowledge on how to connect refugees and immigrants with their local labour markets and how to establish local networks with public administrations in this field. The project will implement three measures to tackle this challenge: 1. Network: building a solid network for the integration of refugees into the labour markets 2. Capacity building: strengthening institutional capacities in the BSOs by upskilling staff 3. App: the creation of an app and further transfer to other Baltic Sea countries
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