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logo eu The project is co-funded by the European Social Fund, the Häme Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, the HAMK University for Applied Sciences, the City of Lahti, the City of Kouvola and the Lahti Unit of the Palmenia Centre for Continuing Education (University of Helsinki)


Project dates: 2010-2013

Chief coordinators: Irma Tolonen (University of Helsinki), from 01.07.2012 Dr. Matthias Spies (University of Helsinki), until 30.6.2012

Polish coordinator: Prof. Dr. Michał Buchowski (CeBaM UAM) – contact: mbuch(at)amu.edu.pl


Chief participants:

Dr. Magdalena Ziółek-Skrzypczak (contact: magdalena.ziolek(at)gmail.com)

Dr. Natalia Bloch (contact: nbloch(at)amu.edu.pl)

Prof. Dr. UAM Jacek Schmidt (contact: jschmidt(at)amu.edu.pl)

Dr. Agnieszka Chwieduk (contact: agach(at)amu.edu.pl)


University of Helsinki, Palmenia Centre for Continuing Education (Lahti i Kouvola), HAMK University of Applied Sciences, Päijät-Häme Employment and Economic Development Office, Heinola Employment and Economic Development Office, Kouvola Employment and Economic Development Office, GEKO- Association for European and Local Politics (Berlin, Germany), GEMS Northern Ireland Limited (Belfast, Northern Ireland), Dublin Ballymun Job Centre (Dublin, Ireland), Jaan Tõnisson Institute (Tallinn, Estonia).

Project description:

The objective of the project is to develop a model of the integration of qualified migrants in European labour markets. The project is based on an exchange of experiences between the partner institutions involved in the project, with these institutions discussing themes such as the history of emigration and immigration in their respective countries and local integrational activities aiding the successful functioning of the system for acquiring migrants according to the needs of the labour market (including: regulating foreigners’ access to local labour markets; the organisation of recruitment, intercultural training, language courses, etc.).
Through joint seminars and an exchange of experiences between the participating partner institutions, the project’s coordinating institution – The University of Helsinki – plans to outline recommendations both for local authorities responsible for the integration of migrants into the Finnish labour market and also for those sectors of the economy whose representatives wish to acquire a highly-qualified workforce from abroad.

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