The European Commission adopted on 8 March a proposal for a Cohesion’s Action for Refugees in Europe (CARE) under the 2014-2020 Cohesion policy to provide support through cohesion funding to persons fleeing from the Russian military invasion of Ukraine.
The European Social Fund (ESF) can already in its current shape extend support to refugees and migrants, as it is the European Commission’s main tool for investing in people and for promoting inclusion into the labour market. The temporary protection directive further widens the scope of who and how soon ESF-funded actions can help persons fleeing from Ukraine, so that they can have immediate access to the labour market.
Measures that the ESF can fund specifically are actions linked to social inclusion, employment, and education. For migrants and refugees, this may include language courses, notably job oriented language courses provided at the earliest stage possible after arrival for rapid integration. The ESF can also help fund mainstream education, adult-learning systems, as well as vocational training that respond to labour market demands and fund methods and instruments to recognise migrants’ qualifications in the recipient Member States.
- Publication date
- 4 April 2022
- Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion