The European Union’s workforce will decline by approximately 50 million by the year 2060 when compared to 2008 statistics. In 2010, there were 3.5 people of working age (20-64) for every person aged 65 and over; in 2060 the ratio is expected to be 1.7 to 1. During 2009, about 3 million people immigrated into one of the European Union’s Member States. This figure includes flows between different Member States (Eurostat, October 2011) and, as the experience from many countries of immigration shows, migrants are particularly vulnerable in times of economic crisis. However, data collected by the Transatlantic Council on Migration from several European governments in 2012 and 2011 suggests that the European integration policy remains unclear.

The Europe 2020 strategy talks about labour migration as key to increasing growth and competitiveness. The same strategy also indicates that in order to ensure successful and harmonious migration, Member States need to improve recognition of migrants’ skills and educational levels, to provide information about labour opportunities and to generally do more about integration of newly arrived migrants. Accordingly, the EU countries need to make the process of migration attractive and problem-free. Furthermore, migrants need to be integrated into our societies and cultures in order to avoid clashes with the native workforce.


Aims and target group

Since counselling and guidance are particularly important elements for migrants with limited knowledge of a country and of their own rights and responsibilities in that country, this project serves the precise aim of equipping career advisers and vocational educational centres with a database of information about their host country, combining effectively all the required information in one place.


Partners and Outcomes

The knowledge and experience of United Kingdom, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Bulgaria and Austria will come together in this project, in order to provide the following outcomes:

  • Synthesis report of the research conducted in each of the above-mentioned countries
  • Workshops and
  • ICT information tool and ICT tool handbook
EU-Program: LLP, Leonardo da Vinci - Transfer of Innovation
Coordination: Careers Europe (UK)
Contact: Karin Kronika
Duration: October 2013 – September 2015
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.