Cedefop’s project on Adult refugee legal mobility seeks to conceptualize and pilot a skills-based complementary pathway that allows lawful and safe pathways to protection of adult refugees by drawing on their human capital potential and labour market needs.

The central element of such a pathway is the matching of skills and qualifications of refugees and the labour market needs in a potential destination country. The matching shall allow refugees to move from a country of asylum to a new destination country in view of employment.

In the context of the project the first national workshop in Lisbon on 28 January 2020 gathered around 25 participants from Portuguese state migration agencies, employers and labour market experts, as well as NGOs and international organisations. This very constructive meeting concluded an interest on behalf of Portugal to continue to jointly explore avenues on realizing ‘complementary pathways to protection based on skills of asylum seekers/ refugees’ with the help of Cedefop.

In order to further plan the next phase of the project towards developing a ‘complementary pathway based on skills’ it is important to discuss the different migratory paths listed above and select one for the next phase of the project. It is therefore the aim to discuss the alternatives with the key migration stakeholders in Portugal and UNHCR and determine the next possible steps.

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Ioannis Katsikis
Expert - ReferNet coordinator
Ramona David