REKRY-AMARE (Promoting Work-related Immigration and Spreading Good Practices in the EU)
The project was co-funded by the European Social Fund, the Häme Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, the HAMK University for Applied Sciences, the City of Lahti, the City of Kouvola and the Lahti Unit of the Palmenia Centre for Continuing Education (University of Helsinki).
Coordinators: Irma Tolonen and Matthias Spies (University of Helsinki)
University of Helsinki, Palmenia Centre for Continuing Education (Lahti i Kouvola), HAMK University of Applied Sciences, Päijät-Häme Employment and Economic Development Office, Heinola Employment and Economic Development Office, Kouvola Employment and Economic Development Office, GEKO- Association for European and Local Politics (Berlin, Germany), GEMS Northern Ireland Limited (Belfast, Northern Ireland), Dublin Ballymun Job Centre (Dublin, Ireland), Jaan Tõnisson Institute (Tallinn, Estonia).
The objective of the project was to develop a model of integration of skilled migrants in European labor markets. The project was based on an exchange of experiences between partner institutions. Themes of discussion included: history of emigration and immigration; local integrational activities; labor force demand and supply; regulating foreigners’ access to local labor markets; recruitment; intercultural training; language courses. Through joint seminars and an exchange of experiences between partner institutions, the project’s coordinating institution – The University of Helsinki – provided recommendations for local authorities responsible for migrant integration in the Finnish labor market, with a special emphasis on high - skilled migration.