Tapping displaced talent: Policy options for EU complementary pathways

Author: Migration Partnership Facility (MPF)

Date: 2023

Country: All

Type of legal pathway: Labour mobility

Language: English

Description: While complementary labour pathways show considerable promise, displaced talent remains largely untapped. Key obstacles to overcome in the EU include policy silos and the need to coordinate among multiple actors; a lack of political will to bring in additional refugees; and tensions between supporting the hiring of refugees abroad and those already in country, especially amid a housing shortage. Other challenges to job matching are common to refugees and migrants more generally, such as those regarding local language proficiency and credential and skills recognition.