The NADINE project aims to better integrate migrants, refugees and asylum seekers into European society by providing them with a variety of online tools and resources to increase their chances of employment – a key factor in effective integration. The online platform will use open data to identify skills gaps in local labour markets across Europe and match migrants’ skills to these gaps and the demands of local businesses and employers. It will also match personal needs to available local services. This will give migrants the opportunity to move to areas where they are most likely to gain employment and successfully integrate into their new country. In addition, the system will recommend policy changes to authorities to further ease the integration process through understanding migrant realities and the challenges associated with integration.
The NADINE platform will tailor services to three main groups: migrants, professionals and local authorities. These groups will work together to help achieve successful migrant integration.
The services for migrants will collect and analyse personal data to identify skills which will enable online tools to adapt to individual needs. The three main features for migrants will be: a skills assessment tool, ePortfolio builder and tailored training modules. The skills assessment tool will identify hard and soft skills from ten basic categories (such as language, technical information, numeracy) and incorporate them into an ePortfolio. The ePortfolio will also document previous education, experience and any other information relevant to the host labour market which can be used when applying for jobs. As successful integration is also reliant on adapting to host countries, tailored training will provide migrants, refugees and asylum seekers with information about their host country through a series of games, allowing them to better understand societal norms, work and education routines, and attitudes towards recreation and leisure through real life situations, whilst also enabling them to practice their language skills. In addition to these three main services, careers guidance, social service information and peer-to-peer support will also be available for users as well as a multi-lingual chat-bot service run by local authorities.
The services for professionals working with migrant jobseekers will feed on the data collected by the system for migrants. The NADINE system will provide professionals with data about existing education levels of migrants, their backgrounds and needs, as well as informing them about training requirements, skills gaps and potential barriers to employment. This will enable host countries to adapt their services and create targeted training modules specifically for migrants to upskill and become more employable. A variety of resources to support careers guidance of migrants and refugees will also be made available.
The services for local authorities will heavily focus around planning for arriving migrants and refugees, allowing facilities, infrastructure and social services to be developed in order to accommodate these communities. Local businesses will be able to input information onto the system, highlighting the needs of their labour market. Local authorities will then be able to map demand and match the skills of migrants and refugees with the needs of local businesses and employers, increasing the chances of employment and facilitating successful integration. Most importantly, the system will publish policy recommendations based on the data collected from migrants. This will enable local authorities to adapt policy and ensure incoming migrant and refugees’ needs are met.