Vocational training means self-determination – Our Greek partner is engaged in promoting integration
Anyone fleeing war or violence in their homeland, while finding a safe haven, still often has a long way to go before they find a new home. The work of Our Greek partner is proving how refugees can be integrated in the host country.
Vocational Training Centre for Refugee Women
Recent news from our project in Greece
„With training, I don’t have to rely anymore on charity“
A new home is in sight
The factors making integration hard
In countries that take in many refugees – be it Greece or Germany – it becomes clear in similar places what makes the integration of refugees into society and the labour market difficult. These factors include, for example:
- Lengthy asylum procedures and the resulting legal uncertainty as to whether people are allowed to work at all.
- Language difficulties that lead to people not being able to communicate with employers or customers.
- Lack of information about the job market, or
- A negative attitude expressed by the host society towards refugees.
„I can make a difference with my skills“ – A job changed the life of Mahnaz
The Vocational Training Centre builds self-value and self-confidence
When integration wins
Refugees and host societies benefit when integration succeeds, for example because:
- People with a steady income can lead a self-determined life enjoying dignity and independence.
- Social cohesion in society usually increases as soon as locals and people from other nations get to know each other at work.
- Consequences of the shortage of skilled workers may be mitigated by workers from abroad.