News — February 15, 2017

How to Integrate Refugees into the Labor Market: Young Active Citizens Discuss Solutions with European Stakeholders

60 JCI members from 13 countries in Europe gathered in Brussels to develop hands on solutions.

October 13, 2016 – JCI members from all over Europe met in Brussels for the annual JCI European Know-How Transfer to explore the European Institutions and discuss with various stakeholder’s solutions on how to integrate refugees into the labor market. After two days of intensive workshops and keynotes on the topic with representatives from the European Commission, UNHCR and stakeholders from the business sector, the delegates shadowed Members of the European Parliament (MEP) to get an insight on the functionalities of the legislative body of the European Union.

As young active citizens, JCI members do not only discuss, but take actions. In a resolution, JCI members identified six key challenges of integrating refugees into the labor market: language barrier, qualifications to enter the labor market, asylum procedure efficiency, welcoming atmosphere, employment of refugees and root causes for leaving the country of origin. JCI members formulated concrete actions that they can take to overcome these challenges and prepared recommendations to policy makers in Europe. Former JCI member and current MEP Siegfried Muresan (EPP) from Romania took patronage of this year’s edition of the JCI European Know-How Transfer and emphasized the importance of this resolution. “I congratulate JCI Europe for this resolution as there are not many organizations that can agree on such a thorough resolution—it not only urges other stakeholders to act, but JCI members to commit to taking actions themselves in order to create positive change,” said Muresan. 

2016 JCI President Paschal Dike and JCI Executive Vice President for Europe Jef Hendrickx met with stakeholders from all sectors of society to discuss the concrete implementations of the adopted resolution. “The interest of European institutions, entrepreneurs and non-governmental organizations toward our resolution and our actions to integrate refugees into the labor market show that JCI is indeed the organization who works with all sectors of society to create sustainable solutions for current challenges,” said Hendrickx. 

JCI Europe is a leading European nonprofit association of young active citizens, many of them leaders and entrepreneurs, present in 37 European countries with about 30,000 members. Engaging in activities focused on sustainable development locally and globally, JCI Europe members take responsibility for their communities while empowering themselves through leadership and action. JCI members think critically about existing problems and find sustainable solutions, which are then translated into projects in education, innovation, entrepreneurship and social responsibility. JCI members believe that collaborative ownership between government, economy and civil society will produce sustainable solutions and impact. JCI is present in more than 120 countries with nearly 200,000 members. 

View the Resolution on Integration of Refugees in the European Labor Market.

For more information about the European Know-How Transfers please visit 

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