New approaches to integration

Validating migrantsí skills and experience

Migrant women

Elderly migrants

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Georgia

Policies on irregular migrants

Integration of migrant children

Unaccompanied migrant minors



The objective of this activity is to provide policy-makers in the member states with advice on improving their systems and those of employers and vocational training bodies for identifying and validating migrantsí skills and experience (in particular, those acquired without formal qualification).

The activity implements the Plan of Action of the 8th Council of Europe Conference of European Ministers responsible for Migration (Kiev, September 2008) which called on the Committee of Ministers to enhance the contribution of migrants to their receiving and origin societies through policies that recognise fully their skills and develop their full potential.

Output: (i) Recommendation to member states, (ii) training manual for service providers.

Terms of reference

An ad hoc advisory group MG-S-VC has been established with the following tasks:

  • Prepare proposals for a draft recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member states on improving national systems and procedures for identifying and validating migrantsí skills and experience, including those of employers and vocational training bodies. The draft recommendation should, in particular, concern skills acquired without formal qualification and include detailed guidelines on the practical application of its principles;

  • Prepare preliminary outline proposals for a training manual for service providers responsible for validating migrantsí skills and experience.

The ad-hoc advisory group is composed of experts from Armenia, Belgium, France, Germany, Malta, Russian Federation and Sweden. Two other experts have yet to be nominated.

The following Council of Europe bodies are invited to participate in the work of the ad hoc advisory group:

- Steering Committee for Education (CDED)
- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)
- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
- Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB)

The European Commission and the following organisations are also invited to participate in its work:

- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- Churchesí Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME)
- International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)
- Business Europe
- European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).

The terms of reference of the ad hoc advisory group expire on 30 June 2010.



  • 1st meeting (Strasbourg, 10-11 September 2009)

  • 2nd meeting (Strasbourg, 21-22 December 2009)