Paving the Way for Future Labour Migration: a Belgian-Tunisian Skills Mobility Partnership

Brussels – IOM Belgium, jointly with the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), has published today a policy brief on its pilot labour migration project implemented between Belgium and Tunisia.

The IOM skills mobility partnership between Belgium and Tunisia highlights the importance of multidimensional cooperation between different stakeholders from both countries (e.g. immigration office, public employment services, employers’ associations) throughout the implementation of the project (e.g. in assessing labour market needs, streamlining procedures, selecting candidates).

This pilot project improved IOM's understanding of the private sector’s interest in international hiring and the difficulties faced by companies with this issue. Companies, on the other hand, became acquainted with different aspects of international labour migration such as ethical recruitment practices and skills recognition.

The project's results clearly show that it achieved its main objectives:

  • Providing concrete opportunities for skills mobility to third country nationals while ensuring skills return;
  • Meeting the labour market needs in terms of skills;
  • Supporting the private sector’s interest in international hiring.

The document can be downloaded here.