The access to the labour market is one of the key pillars of smooth integration and
decent living for the citizens of a country. In recent years, and particularly after the
economic crisis, the labour market appears to be a difficult area and a particular
concern for jobseekers – and especially young people.
For refugees and migrants, these difficulties seem to be even greater, as they are
compounded by language and social integration issues.
What are the difficulties faced by a young refugee or immigrant seeking work in
ARSIS has been working for years to support vulnerable social groups and
implement projects that enhance their skills.
By mapping their needs in order to provide more effective support it appears that
for a person with refugee/migrant background is very important:
The educational support: seminars, language learning (Greek/English),
strengthening of skills, recognition of degrees from their countries of origin.
The job seeking support: the knowledge of the labour rights, finding a job with a
good salary, good working conditions, finding a job based on their existing
educational background.
The legal support regarding legal documents
The psychosocial support to overcome barriers accessing public services, health
system or educational system and to report problems/difficulties.
In conclusion, it seems that for a better social and work integration it is necessary to
have secured housing and a continuous educational process to enhance their skills.
It is also necessary to cover basic livelihood needs, which despite living in Greece
for years, some of them have not been covered. Through this will be able to focus
on subsequent educational activities that will empower them in the labour market.
Additionally the user-friendly educational tools would help them to gain a better
understanding of the country they live in, knowledge of opportunities, networking
and create employability opportunities.



Institute for Roma and Minority strives for a society where the targeted young people enjoy equal access to opportunities regardless of their ethnicity, have a voice in their community and society, whose needs are tackled by the institutions that have a direct impact in their daily lives. Our vision is based on universal standards and practices of the civil society. The mission is to empower minority and Roma people for the challenges they face supporting them with various formal and non formal activities that enable them to become active citizens influencing policies that are on their interest. We operate through the follow objectives:

  1. Roma and minority people have increased education and training performance
  2. Roma and minority people are active citizens in the field of Roma and minority policies contributing for well being of Roma and minority community and society
  3.  Decreased level of unemployed Roma and minority people
  4. Roma and minority people are providing/organizing volunteer service at local community and in the European countries