After four and a half years of work, the cooperation project on strengthening dialogue between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean (ALC) on migration and employment policies has come to an end.
This month the cooperation project entitled “Strengthening dialogue and cooperation between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean for the establishment of management models for migration and development policies” came to an end. The project was financed by the European Commission with three million euros and was managed by the FIIAPP with its leading partner, the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The project was born because of the importance of the migratory phenomenon in the Strategic association between the EU and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) , formerly known as the EU-LAC. Both regions shared their experiences in migratory policies to investigate questions such as remittances.
During the four and a half years of the project, there were three courses, more than ten workshops and four internships in countries in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as in Europe, and 12 pilot projects and expert exchanges. More than 20 tools were created, including manuals and other documents about the three main themed areas of the project; migration data, migration and employment, and remittances and development policies.
There was a year-on-year increase in participation by the stakeholders involved, which included ministries involved in migration, experts, public officials, migrant organisations, civil society and local private stakeholders.
Uruguayan Adela Krupadielnik is one of the beneficiaries of this project. After returning to her country after 13 years in Israel, she took part in an employment guidance workshop for returning migrants, organised in collaboration with the Uruguayan Ministry of Labour and Social Security. While she was waiting to resume her job as a public official at the Universidad de la República, Adela took advantage of this course to acquire job seeking skills.
As well as with Uruguay, this dialogue project between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean also worked with Bolivia, Mexico, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Peru and Brazil.