EQUAL 7 Project – Integration of Asylum Seekers in Maltese Society

EQUAL 7 Project PosterEQUAL 7 – Integration of Asylum Seekers in Maltese Society was a 3-year project part-financed by the EU European Social Fund, lead by Aġenzija Appoġġ with 2 local partners – Dar is-Sliem and Dar il-Qawsalla.

In 2005, Aġenzija Appoġġ was entrusted with the management of an open centre and social work services rendered to Asylum Seekers. The need to offer training and facilitate integration of this cohort within our society has been the driving force of applying for EU funds. Various local social partners where all in favour of such training delivery and thanks to such networking the project gained the enjoyed success.

The Project, offered to asylum seekers, foresaw to the development of a training package consisting of three consecutive modules, including English lessons, life skills and labour market orientation. In this latter stage of the project, measures were taken to develop means to assist asylum seekers in building a portfolio so that they increase their chances to access training opportunities and better employment. This enabled asylum seekers to be participant in formal employment as opposed to being involved in irregular employment. Training delivery was carried out by the General Workers Union, the Red Cross and the Employment & Training Corporation, which were very willing participants and pro-active in their approach. Italy, Germany, Portugal and Greece were transnational partners on this Project.

This period of intensive and consistent collaboration between experts from each respective transnational partner, and specific transnational meetings did not only serve for sharing of practices in the field. This collaboration resulted in the formulation and production of an Evaluation, Validation and Certification of Competences (EVC) model which is considered as a good practice in the participating European countries. Through this tool, asylum seekers draft their own profile and compile the European C.V. which enables them to integrate better into the European labour market.