Addressing the Refugee Crisis in Central Europe


An estimated 800,000 refugees arrived in Europe in 2015. The scale of the refugee crisis was unprecedented, with the EU unable to cope with the implications and unable to develop a response. Central Europe has been particularly affected by the crisis. Whereas in the past refugees arrived in Italy and traveled to Western European countries, refugees now arrive in the South and East and travel through Central Europe, where governments are not prepared—or willing—to accept refugees. The result has been a massive humanitarian crisis across the region.

NESsT sought to better understand the nature of the crisis and refugees’ medium & long-term development and support needs, identifying innovative opportunities to prepare them for dignified jobs and income, through social enterprises.

The research sought to answer the following questions:

What are the employment prospects for refugees and their job training needs?

What programs exist at the EU and national levels to create employment for refugees?

What is the capacity of implementing partners (nonprofit organizations and social entrepreneurs) to adapt their programs to the employment needs of refugees?

What funding opportunities exist in the donor community to support refugee jobs creation?

The research was conducted with support from Rutgers Presbyterian Church, to examine the opportunities for labor-force integration of refugees in Central Europe.

(14 pages; 210 mm x 297 mm)

Available online in eBook format in the following languages:

English (online eBook)

English (PDF download)

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