Title Promote diversity and fight against discrimination in the labour market
Project Number 2013-1-FR1-LEO05-49021
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The Di&Di (Diversity against Discrimination) project is an innovative and adaptable approach combining both a training and mentoring programme to facilitate the professional insertion of migrant jobseekers through anti-discrimination and the valorisation of diversity.
Its innovations lie in the complementarity of the European partners’ knowledge and experiences and in the adaptability of the developed practical tools and methods to different contexts, cultures and target audiences. It is an empowering capacity building mechanism for both migrants and professionals and a sustainable model that can be replicated in different locations to help the labour market integration of migrants.
Overall, the Di&Di project is an effective model that encourage anti-discrimination, diversity, self-sustainability and social inclusion for all.
The Di&Di project was designed in 2013 by six partners, in five European countries (France, Italy, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Germany) to develop a strategy, combining the fight against discrimination and the valuation of diversity, to support the inclusion of migrant jobseekers in the labour market, an ongoing issue in Europe. The programmes implemented during the project were focused on low-qualified female migrants and qualified young migrants, who are, according to Eurostat data, more vulnerable to unemployment, precariousness and discrimination in all the European countries.
The Di&Di project achieved its objectives as the partners developed and adapted a training programme to support low-qualified female migrants and young graduate migrants to identify and deal with discrimination and to overcome EU labour market obstacles. The project also developed and adapted a mentoring programme for professionals, working in the employment sector or with migrants, to enhance their capabilities in this area.
The training and mentoring programmes were inspired by lessons learnt from the innovative Migrapass and Diversité+ projects. The determination of all the partners to reach the common objectives despite different contexts and cultures, encouraged open-mindedness, new perspectives and approaches which enriched the project, its reach and impact. The project inscribes itself in the Lifelong Learning approach, enabling an ongoing pursuit of knowledge and learning, which are essential for the Di&Di partners in their common effort for more inclusive job markets in Europe.
The Di&Di project (Diversity against Discrimination) was developed as a response to the alarming rates of unemployment, continuously rising, in Europe, particularly among non-EU nationals. In 2011 the unemployment rate of non-EU citizens was 11.1 points higher than that of EU nationals and important difference are observed also between EU citizens living in their country of origin and EU mobile citizens. Two types of migrants particularly stand out in these figures, as highlighted by Eurostat data: young graduates and low-qualified women are particularly prone to precariousness, unemployment and social exclusion, and often face obstacles and discrimination when they attempt to integrate the EU labour market.
With the objective of aiding these two groups of jobseeking migrants in accessing the employment sector, the Di&DI project emerged in 2013, developed by 6 European partners in five countries: Enda Europe and Iriv Conseil in France, IECOB in Italy, ECAP in Switzerland, Centre for Immigration and Integration in Bulgaria and Bildungsmarkt in Germany.
The partners wanted to develop strategies, tools and methods that both migrants and professionals could use in order to combat discrimination and valorise diversity, in a Lifelong Learning perspective. Therefore, the partners developed a training programme, addressed to the migrant target publics, and a mentoring programme, addressed to professionals of the employment sector and those working with migrants. These programmes were tested with selected groups of target publics in each country. They benefited from inputs of national networks of stakeholders, involved through steering committees. The steering committees gathered different professionals of the employment sectors, representatives of companies, social partners and professionals working on diversity and anti-discrimination matters. The testing phases and the feedbacks received through those networks confirmed the initial evaluation of the target publics’ needs, and the pertinence of a modular and flexible approach of support.
The training programme was aimed particularly at young graduate migrants and low-qualified female migrants and focused on empowerment through awareness-raising of discrimination risks, by equipping them with better know of their legal rights and providing them with concrete tools and methods to promote the migration experience as a specific competence in the labour market.
A common model for the training programme was developed by iriv conseil starting from contributions of all the partners and inspired by the innovative Migrapass project (2010-2012), which focused on the valuation of migrants’ competences through the implementation for a specific portfolio. Once a common model was developed it was adapted to be transferred in each partner country’s local context and culture, completed with pedagogical materials in the national languages and tested amongst the target publics.
The mentoring programme had a different audience: its aim was to reach out to employment professionals and those working with migrant populations, to teach them about discrimination, how to avoid it and how to provide solutions both in their working environment and for migrant jobseekers. The objective was to enhance these professionals’ knowledge on anti-discrimination practices, as well as the specific difficulties and strengths encountered by the aforementioned migrant groups. The process also enabled sharing and collection of methods, case studies and best practices to strengthen the mentors’ capacity to support the target populations’ professional inclusion.
A common model for the mentoring programme was developed by Enda Europe starting from contributions of all the partners and from transfer of innovation of the pioneering methods developed by Diversity Plus project (2006-2010) which focussed on the complementary roles and practices of companies, trade unions, local authorities and associations in the anti-discrimination and the promotion of diversity. Same as with the training programme, once a common model was developed it was adapted and transferred to each partner country’s local context and culture, completed with pedagogical materials in the national languages and tested amongst the target publics.
The results and lessons learned through the testing phases are detailed in national reports of experimentation and in a common European synthesis. After the testing phase, the partners developed a flexible, adaptable and a useable training prototype and mentoring prototype that can be replicated elsewhere to pursue the essential work of integrating migrants into the EU labour market. The Di&Di project built networks and techniques allowing its immediate, mid-term and long-lasting impact. Its sustainability is ensured through opportunities identified in each country. The project distributed its results widely throughout the process, using newsletters,weblogs, steering committees, participation to conferences and seminars... The partners also published articles on specialized reviews and portals, to analyse and share the project’s results.
The project drew to a close on the 30th of November 2015. The detailed methodology, results and conclusions are described in the final publication (available in 5 languages).
The main products are available in the files section. Additional information concerning the partners, the activities and results of the project can be found on the European website (www.di-di.eu), as well as on the national weblogs: di-di.fr (France). di-di-italia.blogspot.com (Italy) ; di-di-swiss.blogspot.ch (Switzerland) ; di-di-bulgaria.blogspot.fr (Bulgaria) ; didi-berlin.tumblr.com (Germany).
Access for disadvantaged
Utilization and distribution of results
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Other Service Activities
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
program or curricula
The project’s main products are :
- The training programme, aimed at empowering migrant target-publics for their access to employment. It includes an initial model, materials used in each country and a final prototype (the final prototype is available in the files section).
- The mentoring programme, aimed at empowering professionals’ supporting capacities of migrant jobseekers. It includes an initial model, materials used in each country and a final prototype (the final prototype is available in the files section).
- Newsletter published on the di-di.eu website after each transnational coordination meeting, in order to present the advancement of the project at different stages.
- The European website (di-di.eu) and national weblogs: : di-di.fr (France). di-di-italia.blogspot.com (Italy) ; di-di-swiss.blogspot.ch (Switzerland) ; di-di-bulgaria.blogspot.fr (Bulgaria) ; didi-berlin.tumblr.com (Germany).
- Evaluation synthesis and analysis, ensured all along the project;
A final publication in 5 languages (available in the attached files).