Immigrant Women and e-Skills in Europe


Programs should account for the integration continuum.

Integration is a continuum
— there is no bright line marking when one
becomes “integrated.” Programs should avoid
treating immigrants as a single group. Consider
segmenting immigrants by length of stay
and programming for their specific needs.

Policies should reduce barriers to employment.

Immigrant women are sometimes
unable to take advantage of formal
education and employment opportunities
because their experience or credentials are
not recognized in their new countries. Policies
that standardize the transnational recognition
of credentials represent an important
economic gain for individual immigrants,
employers, and the host-country economy.

NGOs should strengthen programs to expand social networks.

Ties between women and
ties between organizations can facilitate connections that strengthen the employability
and integration of immigrant women.

NGOs should emphasize complementary skills.

The variety of services that
wrap-around and complement computer
training represents an important system of
inputs. They are most effective when their
complementary roles are acknowledged and
leveraged. Language training, for example,
can be paired with computer training in
innovative ways that advance both skills.