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Recognition Of Migrants Skills, Knowledge And Competence – The ambivalence of competence recognition systems

An adequate incorporation of migrants in the labour market, able to fully unleash their potential, is a major challenge for EU development. In this direction, the recognition of migrants skills, knowledge and competence acquired in formal and non/informal contexts represents a crucial issue.

Based on a comparative research work conducted at European level,  it considers both the recognition of formal qualifications obtained abroad and that of skills, knowledge and competence (SKC) acquired in non-formal and informal contexts, by focusing on their actual effectiveness for the integration of migrants and particularly TCNs.

This paper highlights the ambivalence of competence recognition systems which, whilst representing potential means of social inclusion, in certain condition risk becoming invisible instruments of discrimination. Moreover it provides some recommendations for improving the substantial universalism of EU competence recognition systems and their impact on migrants integration.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Article | European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults | Migrants’ competence recognition systems: controversial links between social inclusion aims and unexpected discrimination effects


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