Ukraine: European Commission helps professionally qualified refugees access jobs in the EU

Ukraine: European Commission helps professionally qualified refugees access jobs in the EU

April 6, 2022

On 6 April, the European Commission published a recommendation on the academic and professional recognition of qualifications for people fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It will provide Member States’ authorities with guidance and practical advice to ensure a quick, fair and flexible recognition process.

“It will help those fleeing the war find a path to meaningful employment, while facilitating their integration,” said Commissioner Thierry Breton, responsible for the Internal Market. “A simple and more harmonised approach to the recognition of qualifications allows to … open opportunities across the entire EU to those in need.”

Providing a simple and rapid qualifications recognition mechanism ensures that people granted temporary protection can work in jobs they are qualified for, especially women.The recommendation addresses the access of those fleeing the war to regulated professions, which include nurses, general practitioners and – depending on the Member State – teachers and educational staff. This will also help provide Ukrainian refugees with access to healthcare, childcare and education in their own language.

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