PALIM - European pilot project linking Moroccan ICT development and labour shortages in Flanders

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Brussels, 1 March 2019 | The European Union, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the Belgian development agency Enabel test an innovative labour migration model linking Morocco’s growing ICT sector with Flanders’ qualified ICT workers shortages. This Global Skills Partnership model is based on the assumption that labour mobility can only benefit the parties when potential employees are able to find a qualified job both in their country of origin and in the country of destination.

The ‘Pilot Project Addressing Labour Shortages Through Innovative Labour Migration Models’ (PALIM) runs from 1 March 2019 to 31 August 2020. It is implemented by the Belgian development agency Enabel, in partnership with the Flemish and Moroccan employment services (VDAB and ANAPEC), Flemish employers federations VOKA and Agoria and their Moroccan counterparts CGEM and APEBI, as well as Fedasil and the Flemish Agency for Integration.

In view of boosting their employment potential, sixty Moroccan graduates will be offered further training in Morocco. Approximately half of them will be subsequently coached to find employment in Morocco, whereas the other half will be coached to find employment in Flanders. The first Moroccan graduates are scheduled to arrive in Flanders in September 2019.

The Moroccan employment agency ANAPEC will also be accompanied to improve service delivery in Morocco, where an estimated 30 000 IT professionals are needed by 2020 and training is not sufficiently aligned with labour market needs.

Development and migration

"The world is changing and cross-border solutions help to match workforce demand with resources. This new project will contribute to our reflection on the relations between development and migrations, whilst both Morocco and Belgium benefit from the initiative," declares Jean Van Wetter, Managing director of Enabel.

The project’s budget amounts to 1.5 million euros. It is implemented by Enabel with European Union funding. This innovative initiative is one of the regular migration pilot projects financed via the Mobility Partnership Facility, which is managed by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). This model, which brings together a broad range of actors, can later be duplicated in other labour market segments and in other countries.

Contact: Grégoire Douxchamps, PALIM project manager
+32 473 194 099 
Enabel, Belgian development agency - Rue Haute 147 - 1000 Brussels
This publication is produced with financial support of the European Union via the Mobility Partnership Facility, which is managed by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). Its contents are solely the responsibility of Enabel and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the European Union or the ICMPD.


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