5th July 2016
The European Parliament this afternoon adopted a report on ‘integrating refugees into the labour market’.
This is an important issue for the Greens who see the refugee situation first and foremost as a humanitarian crisis.
Jean Lambert MEP was the shadow rapporteur for the Greens/EFA groups in the European Parliament on the report. She made this comment:
“I’m very pleased the European Parliament has got behind measures which would help refugees who come to Europe to integrate and to find work. All European countries should extend a warm welcome to refugees and help them build new lives and contribute to European society – the proposals in this report would go a long way to achieving that.
“For once I am happy to see support for cutting ‘red tape’ in the form of anything that hinders refugees and asylum seekers from getting into work quickly.
“It is important that governments do not undermine these efforts by issuing short-term residence permits only, as these make employers reluctant to offer training or long-term contracts. We must not risk unnecessary delays in giving refugees full access to the labour market – this is a waste of their skills and puts unnecessary burden on the state.”