Last week in Glasgow at Caledonian University was held the first Sirius International Conference entitled "Integrating migrants, refugees and asylum seekers into European labour markets: enablers and barriers". The conference, part of the project WP6, took place on 29-30 August. The conference aimed to offer scholars from across disciplines and countries opportunities to exchange on issues related to the integration of migrants and refugees in different labour markets and communities. Similarly, the conference was divided into different workshops, as well as presentation of key-note speakers from different European Universities.
Moments of presentations by academics, exchanges of opinions and good practices with the participants as well as networking moments have made this first conference a very enriching event.
The event has been conceived in six thematic sessions:
Therefore SIRIUS documentary screening, directed by Alberto Bougleux, has been an intense emotional and impactful session. The documentary will soon be available online on SIRIUS project website.
The brainstorming of this first conference underlined and demonstrate the unicity of SIRIUS project, namely its multi-dimensional conceptual framework, that keeps into consideration that host country or political-institutional, societal and individual-related conditions function either as enablers or as barriers to migrants’, refugees’ and asylum seekers’ integration via the labour market.
SIRIUS has a mixed-methods approach and innovative dissemination plan involving online priority action networks, film essays, festival, job fair and an applied game along with scientific and policy dialogue workshops and conferences.