Network IQ – Integration through Qualification https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/ News of Network IQ – Integration through Qualification en ebb Entwicklungsgesellschaft für berufliche Bildung mbH Sun, 19 May 2024 15:56:33 +0200 Sun, 19 May 2024 15:56:33 +0200 TYPO3 EXT:news news-2871 Thu, 19 Oct 2023 10:36:00 +0200 ESF: Information leaflet about ESF Plus revised https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/esf-information-leaflet-about-esf-plus-revised [ESF] The Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has revised the information leaflet on the European Social Fund Plus (ESF Plus). It gives a current overview of the ESF Plus in the funding period 2021-2027 and is available in German and English. The ESF Plus is the EU's most important instrument for promoting employment. With the help of thousands of practical projects, it helps local people get back into work or training, but also to stay in work.

Anyone interested can download it here on the ESF web portal.

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news-2831 Thu, 01 Sep 2022 14:28:28 +0200 Magazine "IQ konkret": current issue covers core topics of International Metropolis Konferenz Berlin (IMCB22) https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/magazine-iq-konkret-current-issue-covers-core-topics-of-internationale-metropolis-konferenz-berlin This issue of the "IQ konkret" magazine is different: It’s being published in both German and English. The reason is that the funding programme “Integration through Qualification (IQ)” is participating in the 25th International Metropolis Conference Berlin (IMCB22). The IMCB22 is organised by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS).

The ministry has invited Metropolis International – the world’s largest international network for exchanging knowledge on issues concerning migration, integration, and diversity – to Berlin for a forward-looking discussion of these topics.
Our authors and interview partners in this issue are involved in the conference as chairs of plenary sessions, speakers, or organisers; in their articles they discuss the conference’s core topics:

  • The impact of multiple crises on migration and mobility
  • The impact of technological development and the future of work
  • Climate change – impact on migration
  • Conditions for fair migration

Network IQ is not only represented by the task force specially created for the conference. It is also helping to shape the programme in the form of workshops and study tours. You can find an overview of the workshops offered by IQ in this publication.

In addition, three IQ projects offering study tours at the IMCB22 provide insight into their work. The Club Dialog organisation for migrants advises Ukrainian refugees on gaining recognition for their qualifications. LIFE e.V. provides academics with further training to equip them as ambassadors for climate change issues. Fair Integration fights to prevent unfair working conditions and exploitation.

The “IQ konkret” editorial team wishes you an enjoyable read and an exciting conference!

Download magazine "IQ konkret" 02/2022 here (PDF).

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news-2786 Mon, 28 Mar 2022 14:36:29 +0200 International Metropolis Conference 2022: Online-Seminar on "Global human trafficking trends: an obstacle to fair migration“ https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/international-metropolis-conference-2022-online-seminar-on-global-human-trafficking-trends-an-obstacle-to-fair-migration The event will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Registration is not required. With the IOM migration report’s chapter on human trafficking as its starting point, this webinar sets out to clarify current definitions of and interlinkages between human trafficking and migration.

Using IOM’s data on identified victims and regional variations as a basis, new forms of cooperation with the banking and private sectors will be discussed further. Two additional regional perspectives from research and advocacy from South Africa and Germany will take a closer look at existing policy gaps in legislation and introduce several initiatives that promote decent work.

You can access the online seminar here.

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news-2772 Thu, 03 Mar 2022 14:53:53 +0100 IQ Competence Centre on Immigration: FAQ on Residence Law Issues for People from Ukraine in Germany https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/iq-competence-centre-on-immigration-faq-on-residence-law-issues-for-people-from-ukraine-in-germany This document available in German, English, Ukrainian and Russian answers frequently asked questions on various topics, such as visa issues, biometric passports or entry routes. Due to the war in Ukraine and the associated migration of people from Ukraine, many questions regarding residence law are currently arising. This document takes up these questions and answers them on the basis of the current legal situation. Some questions have not yet been clarified or the legal situation is being successively adapted by the Federal Government of Germany, the governments of the Federal States (“Länder”) and the competent authorities. The latest information is incorporated into the document, it is a so-called “living document”. This document is no official information from the German government or any other public body. Therefore, you cannot refer to it when contacting German authorities.

This document contains an overview of legal regulations; it is not intended to and cannot replace legal advice and does not have any binding effect. Despite the care taken in compiling the information, errors, inaccuracies or outdated information cannot be ruled out. The presentation reflects exclusively the legal opinion of the authors.

The answers to the FAQs can be found here on the website of the Competence Centre.

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news-2761 Thu, 03 Feb 2022 13:50:10 +0100 New OECD-Publication on migrant integration analyses the work of Network IQ https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/new-oecd-publication-on-migrant-integration-analyses-the-work-of-network-iq Migrant integration requires comprehensive and coordinated action across government levels and the policy fields of labour, education, housing and health. A recent paper from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) analyses approaches from five different countries that aim to achieve this, including the "Network Integration through Qualification (IQ)". The paper entitled "Multi-level governance for migrant integration" was published by the OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. It analyses policy approaches from Austria, Canada, France, Germany and Italy, which aim to improve coordination between the public and private sector and to resolve information asymmetries.

In their inquiry, the authors provide an overview of the structure, methodology and output of the Network IQ. They emphasise the coordinative strengths of the programme, which closes information and capacity gaps through networking and the transfer of good practice. Recommendations are made to cooperate more closely with the private sector, pay more attention to territorial differences and to transfer good practices more systematically.

Download the OECD-publication "Multi-level governance for migrant integration. Policy instruments from Austria, Canada, France, Germany and Italy" (PDF).

 

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news-2754 Thu, 13 Jan 2022 13:34:22 +0100 IQ Online-Seminar on 24 February: Upskilling and Inserting Migrants Aged 45+ in the Labour Market https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/iq-online-seminar-on-24-february-upskilling-and-inserting-migrants-aged-45-in-the-labour-market Network IQ ('Integration through Qualification'), Germany's flagship programme to promote the integration of migrants into the labour market, will hold an Online-Seminar will on the "Upskilling" of adults with a migration background. Approaches and practical experiences from Romania will be presented. The Online-Seminar, which will be held in English, will take place on 24 February 2022 from 11 am – 12 pm CET. Denisa Centea, Researcher and Trainer at the Romanian Institute for Adult Education in Timisoara, will present concepts and experiences regarding the labour market integration of adult migrants aged 45 years or older. She will focus on specific training programmes for education providers and training staff as well as on concepts for upskilling and qualifications especially adapated and developed for the target group.

Adult educators, employers, advisors, project managers, skilled workers, local officials, business promoters and other stakeholders interested in the labour market integration of migrants are warmly invited to participate in this seminar.

Key questions will include:

  • Which solutions and services are suitable for upskilling, reskilling, and reinserting adults 45+, with a migration background, into the labour market?
  • How does the project UPAM45+ reach out to migrants above 45 years? How do community-based organisations and educational institutions respond to the newcomers/return migrants?
  • How does the project UPAM45+ train adult education providers?
  • Which integrated solutions should adult educatorors consider while working together with migrants 45+?
  • What are specific challenges in the labour market integration and community insertion of migrants 45+, and how to solve them?
  • How does UPAM45+ respond to the labour market situation of return migrants in Romania?

Speaker:

  • Denisa Centea, Researcher and Trainer, Romanian Institute for Adult Education, Timisoara, Romania

Moderators:

  • Fabienne Braukmann, Research Officer, IQ Dissemination Project/ebb GmbH, Cologne
  • Fabian Junge, Public Relations Officer, IQ Dissemination Project/ebb GmbH, Cologne

The IQ online-seminar will take place:

24 February 2022

11 am – 12 pm (CET, Berlin time)

via zoom

Please register via the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckce2gqTkrHdWQIYgKl_S0dtXlt80tyCwz

For further inquiries please contact: online-seminar(at)ebb-bildung.de

 

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news-2741 Wed, 01 Dec 2021 09:08:00 +0100 The Network IQ at the European Commission Mutual Learning Conference on integration of migrants: Spotlight on skills intelligence and learning, housing, women and children https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/the-network-iq-at-the-european-commission-mutual-learning-conference-on-integration-of-migrants-spotlight-on-skills-intelligence-and-learning-housing-women-and-children On 30 November 2021, Fabienne Braukmann (IQ Dissemination Project) presented the Network IQ to an audience of integration policymakers, practitioners and experts at the Mutual Learning Conference “Mutual Learning Conference on integration of migrants: Spotlight on skills intelligence and learning, housing, women and children” hosted by DG EMPL, European Commission. The workshop focused on digital credential recognition, the updated EUROPASS and good practices of credential recognition by the Network IQ in Germany. Fabienne Braukmann talked about the experiences of digital counselling of migrants during the Covid-19 pandemic, outreach online-counselling on social media platforms, and job and bridge trainings in the IQ regional networks.

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news-2698 Mon, 26 Jul 2021 12:19:51 +0200 25th International Metropolis Conference: Official Website and Twitter-Channel Now Online! https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/25th-international-metropolis-conference-official-website-and-twitter-channel-now-online The 25th International Metropolis Conference will take place from 4 - 9 September 2022 at the bcc Berlin Congress Centre. The conference is being organised by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in close collaboration with Metropolis International. Network IQ is a cooperation partner of the conference. Metropolis International is the world’s largest international network for sharing knowledge on a wide range of migration, integration, inclusion and diversity issues. It aims to foster collaboration between researchers, policy-makers, civil society and business leaders, in order to address current and future challenges in a sustainable and cross-sectoral manner.

Following the title "Changing migration, migration in change", the conference in Berlin will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on migration and mobility, along with technological developments and the future of work, climate change and the implications for migration, and the conditions which are essential for fair migration.

Since the beginning of July 2021, more detailed information is available at the conference website www.imcb22.com, which will be updated continuously. The front page features a video clip on the conference topics with Hubertus Heil, German Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.

Moreover, the Twitter-community can now follow the 25th International Metropolis Conference on its official twitter channel, @IMCB22, to receive the most recent news on the event.

A call for workshop proposals for the conference will be published in November 2021 and end on 31 January 2022.
The registration for the conference will open from 1 March 2022, with an early bird ticket available until 31 May 2022. There will be a conference fee. The conference will be held in English, with translations available in German and French.

Contact Persons:

Jürgen Schröder
Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)
Head of Conference Management, International Metropolis Conference 2022 - Berlin
E-Mail: imcb22(at)bmas.bund.de

Anne Güller-Frey
Tür an Tür – Integrationsprojekte gGmbH
Conference Management (Liasion with ISC)
E-Mail: imcb22(at)bmas.bund.de

Tara Käsmeier
ebb Entwicklungsgesellschaft für berufliche Bildung mbH
Conference Management (Impacts of COVID-19 on migration)
E-Mail: imcb22(at)bmas.bund.de

Juliane Keßler
ebb Entwicklungsgesellschaft für berufliche Bildung mbH
Conference Management (Technological and climate change - impacts on migration)
E-Mail: imcb22(at)bmas.bund.de

Fabienne Braukmann
ebb Entwicklungsgesellschaft für berufliche Bildung mbH
Conference Management (Fair conditions for migration)
E-Mail: imcb22(at)bmas.bund.de

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news-2653 Fri, 26 Mar 2021 14:20:36 +0100 BMAS: Save the Date - 25th International Metropolis Conference - September 2022 in Berlin https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/bmas-save-the-date-25th-international-metropolis-conference-september-2022-in-berlin [BMAS] From 4-9 September 2022, Berlin will be the hub of the international discussion on migration and integration when it hosts the 25th International Metropolis Conference at the bcc Berlin Congress Center. The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs will organise the conference together with the International Metropolis Steering Committee. Metropolis International is the world's largest network for exchanging knowledge about migration and integration issues. The network promotes beneficial cooperation between academics, policy-makers and civil society actors. It uses research findings to provide support for policy-making and how society deals with migration and its impact. Since 1996, the highlight of the network's efforts has been the International Metropolis Conferences. At the conferences, academics, policy-makers and representatives from civil society organisations have a lively exchange of ideas.

The theme of the Berlin conference will be "Changing migration, migration in change". The focus will be on the impact on migration of the COVID-19 pandemic, technological and climate change. Another key topic of the conference will be the question of how migration processes can be shaped in a fair and sustainable way. Answers to these questions will be sought in high-level panel discussions accompanied by an interesting programme with international workshops and bilateral and multilateral symposiums. In September 2021, a pre-conference programme will start that leads up to the conference.

Detailed information will be made available on the conference website on 1 July 2021. The call for proposals for the conference workshops will start on 1 November 2021 and is expected to end on 31 January 2022. Interested participants can register on the conference website from 1 March 2022 (early bird until 31 May 2022). A participation fee will be charged for the conference. The conference language is English (with interpreting for French and German).

Contacts:

Jürgen Schröder
Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Head of the organisation team of the International Metropolis Conference 2022 - Berlin
Email: imcb22(at)bmas.bund.de 

Anne Güller-Frey
Tür an Tür – Integrationsprojekte gGmbH
Organising team (liaison with ISC)
Email: imcb22(at)bmas.bund.de  

Tara Käsmeier
ebb Entwicklungsgesellschaft für berufliche Bildung mbH
Organisation team (Impacts of COVID-19 on migration)
Email: imcb22(at)bmas.bund.de 

Juliane Keßler
ebb Entwicklungsgesellschaft für berufliche Bildung mbH
Organisation team (Technological and climate change - impacts on migration)
Email: imcb22(at)bmas.bund.de 

Fabienne Braukmann
ebb Entwicklungsgesellschaft für berufliche Bildung mbH
Organisation team (Fair conditions for migration)
Email: imcb22(at)bmas.bund.de 

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news-2648 Mon, 22 Mar 2021 08:26:31 +0100 Online seminar on 21 April: Ethical international recruitment of skilled workers in the healthcare sector https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/online-seminar-on-21-april-ethical-international-recruitment-of-skilled-workers-in-the-healthcare-sector Like many other countries worldwide, Germany is affected by a shortage of skilled labour, especially in the healthcare sector. As a result, healthcare facilities, employers, and agencies aim to close the skills gap by recruiting international skilled workers, mostly from lower-income countries. Simultaneously, the outflow of skilled workers impacts the economies of these countries of origin with already fragile health systems.

Regardless of the disparities that arisen, health worker migration has increased over the past decades. How could these inequalities be addressed, knowing that migrants belong to the most vulnerable groups on the job market, especially in the healthcare sector? Which instruments are needed to guarantee sustainable and ethical recruitment practices from abroad and equal rights and ethical treatment of skilled workers in their new workplace?

To address these challenges, the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel in 2010.

How a Global Code finds implementation on the European, national, local level and then workplace level will be the focus of the IQ online-seminar. Altogether, the IQ online-seminar will allow attendees to understand how several international ethical recruitment codes are implemented on different policy levels. Finally, as a practical example, the King's College Hospital London will present their international recruitment practices.

Speakers from the World Health Organization, European Hospital and Healthcare Employers' Association, the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and the National Health Service (NHS) will give 5 minutes-presentations.

The webinar is hosted by the Network IQ ("Integration through Qualification"), Germany's flagship programme to promote the integration of migrants into the labour market.

Key questions will include:

  • What is the purpose of the Codes of Practice and Conduct for ethical recruitment in the health sector?
  • Why is ethical recruitment being important?
  • How are Codes of Practices implemented globally and on a European as well as a national scale?
  • What role do social partners and trade unions play?
  • Which stakeholders need to be involved on a national level for the applicability of such a code?
  • To what extent is a Code of Practice preventing labour shortage in countries of destinations and countries of origin?
  • How does the implementation of a code work on the institutional ground?
  • How can health care employers contribute to fair and just recruitment on the local level?

Speakers:

  • Ibadat Dhillon, Technical Officer, Human Resources for Health Unit, WHO, Geneva
  • Simone Mohrs, Policy Officer, European Hospital and Healthcare Employers' Association, Brussels
  • Sarah Cliff, Policy Manager, UK Department of Health and Social Care, London/Leeds
  • Adele Bunch, Programme Lead, NHS Employers, London/Leeds
  • Peter Absalom, Associate Director Workforce Operations, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London

Moderators:

  • Fabienne Braukmann, Research Officer, IQ Dissemination Project/ebb GmbH, Cologne
  • Fabian Junge, Public Relations Officer, IQ Dissemination Project/ebb GmbH, Cologne

Please register via mail by 19 April 2021 and indicate your name, your organisation and project:
online-seminar(at)ebb-bildung.de

The IQ online-seminar will take place
21 April 2021, 1 pm – 2:30 pm (CEST), via zoom. After registration, you will receive a link to the zoom-meeting for the seminar.

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news-2612 Tue, 15 Dec 2020 11:48:24 +0100 Online-seminar on 28 January: Giving voice to refugees https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/online-seminar-on-28th-january-giving-voice-to-refugees Professional Inclusion of high-skilled refugee women in the STEM sector The IQ online-seminar on 28 January, 11 am - 12 pm, will give voice to two refugee women living and working in France and who will present their successful paths through the fellowship programme “Tech4women” by Techfugees. Since 2018, the volunteer-based initiative accelerates the inclusion of female refugee with STEM degrees in the digital and technology sector. This training scheme does not only train female refugees but also combines networking, individual mentoring and jobdating in only 6-months-time. During the Corona-pandemic, the initiative Tech4women was able to continue their fellowship programme and will also give insights on measurements taken.

Two female speakers will present the fellowship programme and will also talk about their own experiences and perspective as former fellows.

Speakers:

  • Chérine Ali, European Scaling Manager of #TF4women, Techfugees, Paris, France
  • Rania Yussef, back-end developer at yzr.solutions and a former fellow of the #TF4women programme, Paris, France

Moderator:

  • Fabienne Braukmann, Research Officer, IQ Dissemination Project/ebb GmbH, Cologne, Germany

Please register via mail by 26 January 2021 and indicate your name, your organisation and project: online-seminar(at)ebb-bildung.de.

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news-2602 Mon, 30 Nov 2020 09:08:14 +0100 The Network IQ at the European Commission online-conference for migrant inclusion https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/the-network-iq-at-the-european-commission-online-conference-for-migrant-inclusion-1 On 26 November, Fabienne Braukmann (IQ Dissemination Project) presented the Network IQ to an audience of integration policymakers, practitioners and experts at the Mutual Learning Conference “Innovative approaches to integration and inclusion of migrants” hosted by the European Commission. The workshop focused on new approaches in mapping and developing the skills of non-EU migrants, in light of the updated EU Skills Agenda and the new Pact on Migration and Asylum. In two online working groups with representatives of all EU Member States, Fabienne highlighted the multiplicity of IQ qualification measures in the context of the German Recognition Act and emphasized good practices of several regional IQ networks for mainstreaming recognition processes on federal states level.
The Network IQ had also been selected for an elevator pitch. It was made available as a pre-recorded presentation for the participants and for their preparation to the virtually organized interactive working sessions.

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news-2548 Tue, 21 Jul 2020 14:43:00 +0200 Good Practice International: DUO for a JOB https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/good-practice-international-duo-for-a-job Enhancing opportunities for both young people with migrant background and experienced people over the age of fifty The Belgium project DUO for a JOB matches young immigrant jobseekers with people over 50 years, ideally stemming from the same sector, who can accompany and support them in their social and professional inclusion.

Since the start in 2013, DUO for a JOB has created more than 2600 duos in five cities in Belgium: Brussels, Liège, Antwerp, Ghent and Mechelen. The association is about 1000 mentors strong and has helped more than 1800 young people to find a job, an internship or a training programme (71% of positive outcomes). More than one mentee out of two (53%) finds a job within the 12 months that follow the mentoring period.

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news-2419 Wed, 10 Jul 2019 14:32:10 +0200 The Network IQ at the International Metropolis Conference 2019 https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/the-network-iq-at-the-international-metropolis-conference-2019 Representatives of the Network IQ were among the 1300 participants in the 2019 International Metropolis Conference which took place in Ottawa, Canada, from 24 – 28 June 2019. In a number of workshops, representatives of the Network IQ partnered up with international experts, migrant entrepreneurs, public officials, and practitioners to discuss a diverse range of areas that are key to the economic and social inclusion of newcomers – from skills recognition to intercultural development. The IQ workshops were met with considerable interest by conference participants, and they led to thought-provoking cross-country comparisons and vibrant discussions, especially with regards to the newly passed German law on skilled labour immigration.

A special feature this year was the Canada-Germany-Symposium, initiated by Jürgen Schröder, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany (BMAS), in which representatives of the BMAS, the Federal Employment Agency (BA) and the Insitute for Employment Research (IAB) compared and discussed the two immigration systems with their ministerial, administrative and academic colleagues from Canada. The Canada-Germany-Symposium was of high interest for the audience consisting of about 70 participants. Presentations were followed by an engaging discussion including questions on how both countries intend to increase their attractiveness for potential immigrants for keeping them in the labour market on a long-term basis. Further questions concerned the need for skilled workers in certain sectors and the German newly passed legislative package for skilled labour immigration.

For the Network IQ, the conference constituted a valuable opportunity to showcase its results and share its experiences, reflect self-critically on its work, learn about other successful approaches, and expand relevant networks of exchange and partnership.

More information about the Network IQ’s activities at Metropolis is available here.

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news-2416 Tue, 09 Jul 2019 11:34:00 +0200 New IQ Good Practice International "Ignite Small Business Start-ups" online https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/new-iq-good-practice-international-ignite-small-business-start-ups-online

The series "IQ Good Practice International" keeps growing. The latest addition to the series (published July 2019) looks at "Ignite Small Business start-ups", an Australian programme guiding newly arrived refugees towards entrepreneurial success, and shifting the focus from their presumed shortcomings to their resilience and determination. The programme is managed by Settlement Services International (SSI), a Sydney-based nonprofit.

The publication series "IQ Good Practice International" looks at innovative approaches from other countries to promote the sustainable integration of migrants and refugees in the labour market. One of the main addresses is the Network IQ itself, which can build on these international insights to critically reflect on its own approaches and to continue the exchange with partners abroad. Additionally, these examples of good practice can also provide a creative stimulus to integration practitioners and policymakers alike.

Please find the IQ Good Practice International "Ignite Small Business Start-ups" here and all issues of IQ Good Practice International here.

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news-2399 Tue, 11 Jun 2019 12:39:00 +0200 Join the webinar 'Welcoming talent, locally' and learn how skilled immigrants contribute to local economics in Canada and the US! https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/join-the-webinar-welcoming-talent-locally-and-learn-how-skilled-immigrants-contribute-to-local-economics-in-canada-and-the-us The Dissemination Project of the Network IQ (Integration through Qualification) kindly invites you to the webinar 'Welcoming talent, locally: practices and partnerships to maximise skilled immigrants' contribution to local economies' and addresses local officials, practitioners, labour-market institutions, or stakeholders interested in reaping the full potential of newcomers' skills for your city or region.

Best practices of the following initaitives will be presented:

WES Global Talent Bridge, a programme dedicated to enabling skilled immigrants fully utilise their talents and education in the United States and Canada;

Hire Immigrants, a Canadian initiative that helps employers take concrete action to tap into migrant and refugee talents.

The webinar is hosted by the Dissemination Project of the Network IQ (Integration through Qualification), Germany’s flagship programme to promote the integration of migrants into the labour market.

For further information please click here, to register please click here by 16 June 2019 and indicate your name, your organisation and project.

The webinar will take place 18 June 2019 at
10:00 am (EST) – New York, Toronto,
16:00 (CEST) – Berlin.

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news-2360 Thu, 25 Apr 2019 10:57:00 +0200 The Network IQ at European Commission conference for migrant inclusion https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/the-network-iq-at-european-commission-conference-for-migrant-inclusion On 12 April, Liam Patuzzi (IQ Dissemination Project) briefly presented the Network IQ to an audience of integration policymakers, practitioners and experts in Brussels, at a Mutual Learning conference on immigrant integration hosted by the European Commission. The workshop focused on upskilling and bridge-training measures, which help immigrants access jobs that are in line with their abilities and interests. In a lively discussion with representatives of all EU Member States, Liam emphasised what a massive impact the recognition of foreign credentials can have on an individual’s employment prospects, before pointing to the diversity of formats the Network IQ has tested—from blended learning to team teaching—to address highly individualised training needs and help migrants and refugees get their professional qualifications fully recognised.

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news-2377 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:57:00 +0200 Two interesting conversations with visiting students from King’s College London https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/two-interesting-conversations-with-visiting-students-from-kings-college-london On 11 and 17 April, Liam Patuzzi (IQ Dissemination Project) discussed the Network IQ and other aspects of refugee inclusion with two groups of Master’s students from King’s College London, in Berlin on a study visit. The international character of the group allowed to compare experiences from Europe, the United States, Japan and other countries. Following the presentation, participants raised and discussed questions about the main success factors for refugee inclusion into work, key lessons to be drawn from the past few years of reforms and pilot projects, steps to secure sustainability of employment, and the central role of the private sector.

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news-2378 Thu, 28 Mar 2019 10:57:15 +0100 The Network IQ at the launch of J-PAL European Social Inclusion Initiative in Paris, France (Kopie 2) https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/the-network-iq-at-the-launch-of-j-pal-european-social-inclusion-initiative-in-paris-france-kopie-2 On 26 March, Liam Patuzzi represented the Network IQ at the launch of the European Social Inclusion Initiative, hosted by J-PAL Europe at the Paris School of Economics. The newly established initiative aims to evaluate programmes and policies aimed at fostering the social inclusion of migrants and refugees in Europe, in order to better measure their impact. J-PAL (Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab) is a global research centre working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Numerous representatives of projects for refugee and migrant inclusion from all over Europe attended the event. There, they had the opportunity to interact with experienced researchers and evaluators, and to reflect on how to improve impact measurement in their area of work—from labour market and education to social participation.

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news-2359 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:58:32 +0100 The Network IQ listed as good practice in GFMD recommendation paper about Sustainable Development Goals https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/the-network-iq-listed-as-good-practice-in-gfmd-recommendation-paper-about-sustainable-development-goals The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) has included the Network IQ as a good practice in its recommendation paper submitted to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum, the UN’s central platform to review progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, the Network IQ is viewed as a positive example for Goal 17, “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development,” thanks to its achievements in bringing together different institutional stakeholders for immigrants’ labour market integration. The recommendations, prepared by the GFMD Working Group on Sustainable Development and International Migration, will be discussed at the High-Level Political Forum’s next meeting in July.

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news-2336 Thu, 31 Jan 2019 11:34:37 +0100 New IQ Good Practice International: improving work-related language skills through peer coaching https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/new-iq-good-practice-international-improving-work-related-language-skills-through-peer-coaching

The series "IQ Good Practice International" keeps growing. The latest addition to the series (published last December) looks at "My Plan", a Dutch solution to help migrants and refugees learn the language needed in certain occupations. My Plan uses non-directive coaching to strengthen the autonomy of learners: it helps them set learning goals, keep track of their progress and adapt learning strategies to match their own strengths and objectives. The publication series "IQ Good Practice International" looks at innovative approaches from other countries to promote the sustainable integration of migrants and refugees in the labour market. One of the main addresses is the Network IQ itself, which can build on these international insights to critically reflect on its own approaches and to continue the exchange with partners abroad. Additionally, these examples of good practice can also provide a creative stimulus to integration practitioners and policymakers alike.

Please find the IQ Good Practice International "My Plan" here and all issues of IQ Good Practice International here.

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news-2299 Mon, 03 Dec 2018 13:00:28 +0100 The Network IQ and MDA Queensland - exchanging experiences for more inclusive societies: A study visit in Brisbane, Australia https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/the-network-iq-and-mda-queensland-exchanging-experiences-for-more-inclusive-societies-a-study-visit-in-brisbane-australia In late October, Liam Patuzzi of the Network IQ visited several refugee and migrant integration projects in and around Brisbane, Australia, accepting a generous invitation by the non profit organization MDA (Multicultural Development Australia). This trip followed up on an earlier visit to Berlin from MDA executives Kerrin Benson and Mitra Khakbaz in July, to learn about the Network IQ and other integration projects in the German capital. As one of the largest multicultural agencies in Australia, MDA supports refugees, asylum seekers, international students, migrants, and receiving communities in the process of settlement and integration.

During his one-week stay at MDA, Liam Patuzzi had the opportunity to learn about numerous programmes for labour market integration of newcomers, ranging from upskilling (Skilling Queenslanders for Work) to job placement (Work & Welcome) and credential recognition (Career Pathways Program). The visit included insightful and inspiring conversations with employment agencies, social enterprises, government representatives, and the fantastic team of MDA. In a luncheon keynote in Brisbane, Liam Patuzzi presented the Network IQ to a very interested audience of about sixty experts and practitioners in the area of migrant and refugee integration.

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news-2283 Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:15:55 +0100 IQ short explanatory film on Intercultural Opening now available in English https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/iq-short-explanatory-film-on-intercultural-opening-now-available-in-english The IQ Competence Centre for Intercultural Opening and Anti-Discrimination recently released a short video, which explains the idea behind intercultural opening and the tasks that come with it - in a nutshell.

We are glad to announce that the film is now available in English language. In less than four minutes, you can learn more about what we mean by "intercultural opening" and why it is definitely worthwhile for organisations to invest in it.

You can find the video in English audio (without subtitles) here. For the subtitled version, please click here.

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news-2282 Thu, 15 Nov 2018 10:56:51 +0100 The Network IQ at the International Metropolis Conference 2018 https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/the-network-iq-at-the-international-metropolis-conference-2018 Representatives of the Network IQ were among the 700 or so participants in the 2018 International Metropolis Conference which took place in Sydney, Australia, from 29 October to 2 November 2018. In a number of workshops, representatives of the Network IQ partnered up with international experts, public officials and practitioners to discuss a diverse range of areas that are key to the economic and social inclusion of migrants and refugees – from skills recognition to intercultural development. The IQ workshops were met with considerable interest by conference participants, and they led to thought-provoking cross-country comparisons and vibrant discussions. 

For the Network IQ, the conference constituted a valuable opportunity to showcase its results and share its experiences, reflect self-critically on its work, learn about other successful approaches, and expand relevant networks of exchange and partnership. More information about the Network IQ’s activities at Metropolis is available here. Presentations and materials will be uploaded shortly.

 

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news-2232 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:02:36 +0200 OECD: Migrants experience obstacles in their education pathway https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/oecd-migrants-experience-obstacles-in-their-education-pathway On 11 September, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published the annual report "Education at a Glance". The study looks at the education systems in 46 countries (including the 36 OECD members and ten partner countries) and covers the entire education pathway, from early childhood education to further training for adults.

The report reveals that, also in Germany, migrants still face considerable difficulties along the different stages of their education career. For example, first- and second-generation migrants are less likely to obtain a higher education degree compared to the general population. This and other disadvantages often lead to poorer employment outcomes.

The report is available on the OECD website here.

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news-2198 Fri, 03 Aug 2018 14:04:44 +0200 Open AMIF call for proposals - Support to victims of trafficking in human beings https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/open-amif-call-for-proposals-support-to-victims-of-trafficking-in-human-beings On 26 July, the European Commission published a call for proposals for € 16.2 million to support the integration of third-country nationals. This call is part of the activities foreseen in the Annual Work Programme 2018 for the Asylum Migration Integration Fund (AMIF) amounting to € 73.6 million.

Submit your proposal here, apply before 31st January 2019.

More information on "Support to victims of trafficking in human beings" is available here, while further details on the Asylum Migration Integration Fund can be found here.

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news-2149 Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:25:32 +0200 Guide to Section 17a of the German Residence Act now available in English https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/guide-to-section-17a-of-the-german-residence-act-now-available-in-english Section (§) 17a of the German Residence Act (AufenthG) entered into force on 1 August 2015, introducing a new channel for the entry and residence of skilled migrants from third countries. This residence permit, which has a duration of up to 18 months, is targeted at foreign professionals who have undergone a German procedure for credential assessment and have obtained only a partial recognition of their qualifications.

The new provision gives them the opportunity to come to Germany to complete the necessary compensation measures, obtain full equivalence, and thus become able to work in their professions. Once they obtain full professional recognition, residence permit holders are entitled to stay in the country to seek work for up to one year.  

This guide, which was originally published in German, aims to provide all relevant stakeholders with a practical, easy-to-understand summary of the main steps, players and requirements involved in the procedures around Section 17a of the German Residence Act (AufenthG).

You can download the English version here

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news-2135 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 09:00:00 +0200 Multilingual IQ website helps migrants and newcomers start a business in Germany https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/multilingual-iq-website-helps-migrants-and-newcomers-start-a-business-in-germany More than half of all newly established enterprises in Germany have been set up by a person with a migration background. Despite this great entrepreneurial potential, it is still hard for migrants to navigate the complexity of setting up a business. The IQ website www.wir-gruenden-in-deutschland.de aims to fill this gap. It offers would-be migrant entrepreneurs comprehensive and easily understandable advice on all stages of starting a business, compiling information that would otherwise only be available at many different sources. Setting up and running an enterprise in Germany can be an intricate endeavour. Qualification requirements, administrative procedures, and permits for starting a business vary considerably depending on which country someone is from and which residence permit they hold. Therefore, one of the major strengths of the IQ website www.wir-gruenden-in-deutschland.de is its targeted approach. Not only does it provide information in 14 languages (including languages spoken by recent refugee cohorts, such as Arabic, Tigrinya, and Persian).

It also distinguishes from the very start between different categories of would-be entrepreneurs (e.g. EU migrants and non-EU migrants, refugees, students and qualified workers, people already residing in Germany and those still living abroad), carefully selecting the information that best suits their profiles and needs. And if any questions remain unanswered, the website is linked to a pool of expert advisors offering individual counselling via telephone or email.

 

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news-2134 Mon, 04 Jun 2018 10:16:43 +0200 European Court of Auditors highlights challenges to migrant integration in the EU https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/european-court-of-auditors-highlights-challenges-to-migrant-integration-in-the-eu The European Court of Auditors recently published a briefing paper on challenges regarding the integration of third-country citizens in the EU. The paper points out that, in many EU Member States, integration support has targeted mainly refugees and asylum seekers in recent years. While these are crucial priorities, an exclusive focus on them risks leaving the needs of other migrant groups unaddressed. Moreover, the authors call for a better evaluation and monitoring practice around integration: currently, data are scarce and EU integration indicators are not always adequate.

Other challenges mentioned in the document are: delays in the start of integration support (due to people moving between EU countries, but also to lengthy asylum adjudication); instances of discrimination; inconsistencies in funding; EU Member States’ partial lack of commitment in designing and implementing policies; and the difficulty of coordinating numerous stakeholders in this field.

The briefing paper is available here.

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news-2124 Mon, 28 May 2018 12:29:12 +0200 Quick & easy and now in many languages: The Network IQ explanatory film https://www.netzwerk-iq.de/en/press/news/articel/quick-easy-and-now-in-many-languages-the-network-iq-explanatory-film What is the "Network Integration through Qualification (IQ)", better known as the "Network IQ"? What are its main goals and activities? This explanatory clip, produced in 2017, provides answers to these and other questions. The film is now available with subtitles in nine languages (Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Persian, German, English, French, Russian and Ukrainian), making it easier for migrant communities and international audiences to gain an understanding of the Network IQ in all its different elements.

To view the explanatory film, click here (duration 2:14 minutes). To choose among the available subtitles, please click on the ‘settings’ icon in the Youtube toolbar under the video.

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