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UK NARIC and NOKUT in project to develop common European process for refugees

NOKUT (Norwegian NARIC) and UK NARIC, with partner NARIC agencies have been awarded Erasmus+ funding to develop a common European recognition toolkit to handle applications from refugees and displaced persons.

UK NARIC also attended in Paris a UNESCO-hosted conference on the current refugee challenge, at which a common European approach to missing documentation and refugee skills assessment was discussed. European ENIC-NARIC agencies, higher education institutions and UN organisations all were represented.

UK NARIC is a key partner in the new project to develop a recognition toolkit, with the project being led by our Norwegian counterpart agency NOKUT and the partnership also including the Dutch NUFFIC, the Italian recognition agency CIMEA, the French CIEP and the Armenian ArmENIC.

Project work will see a toolkit being developed this year, 2016, with a view to pilots taking place in 2017. NOKUT are leaders in assessing the skills and knowledge of refugees with missing documentation and in Norway there is now an established process for this.

Ways of standardising across Europe recognition methodologies concerning refugees will be examined in the project. An agreed standard process would streamline the handling of cases and mean that one assessment at point of entry could serve across Europe.

The assessment processes in the pilot phase will be trialled by the NARIC agencies in the different country contexts, and also in HE institutions across the different partner countries, so that practical considerations can be thoroughly tested.

Other aspects of the project include the development of up-to-date, more detailed and in-depth country profile information for key source countries for refugees, to be shared across the ENIC-NARIC network; and the development of a prototype 'background report' for refugee applicants, which would explain the applicant's qualifications in the context of the appropriate national education system for the benefit of employers and HE institutions, similar to the 'Career Path Report' that UK NARIC currently supplies to individual applicants.

Processes regarding the recognition of qualifications held by refugees, displaced persons or 'persons in a refugee-like situation' are governed by Article VII of the Lisbon Recognition Treaty - which sets out general principles, rather than detailed procedures. This new project would put forward further practical ways in which Article VII could be implemented and operated.

Look out for updates on project progress in future editions of this newsletter, and possible opportunities to be involved in process and documentation pilots.

02/03/2016 14:56:00
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