Category Archives: Labour Market Mobility

GFMD Civil Society Days 2015: A clear call for equal rights and opportunities for immigrants

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Dr.Özge Bilgili
Maastricht Graduate School of Governance & UNU-Merit


This year the Civil Society Days (CSDs) of the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2015 took place in Istanbul, on 12-14 October. During these days, more than 250 Civil Society Organizations coming from 80 countries had their voiced heard on the most prominent issues linking migration and development. This year’s main focus included civil society’s role in fashioning global, national and thematic indicators, protecting migrants in crises and transit, reforming migrant labor employment policies and practices, social inclusion and diaspora engagement.

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A Shore Never Reached – Bulgarian Integration Policies since MIPEX III

By Zvezda Vankova, researcher at the Open Society Institute Sofia, MIPEX national partner for Bulgaria**

Two years after Bulgaria has been assessed with the MIPEX for the first time, positive developments are registered only in two areas regulated by the acquis communautaire – family reunification and long- term residence. The legislative changes harmonizing Bulgarian legislation with the respective EU directives do not influence the overall MIPEX score of the country and have very limited impact on the integration policies for migrants in Bulgaria.

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EU Single Permit makes workplace ‘slightly favourable’ for integration

Written by Thomas Huddleston, MIPEX Research Coordinator, Co-author and Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Group

If MEPs formally approve the Single Residence and Work Permit Directive in September, the EU Member States will finally offer most non-EU workers a work environment that is at least ‘slightly favourable’ for their integration in society. This finding comes from a MIPEX impact assessment, presented at a  24 May EP Breakfast Meeting co-hosted  by MEPs Jean Lambert and Claude Moraes. Legally-resident newcomers at all corners of the EU will have a better chance to enjoy their basic workers’ rights and access to general support. Continue reading

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