The EU Commission has launched a tool to help people who have escaped the war in Ukraine find a job in the EU Member State, where they gained access to the labour market.
Weeks following Russia’s begins its invasion of Ukraine, the EU Commission activated the Temporary Protection Directive, giving those fleeing their nation a residence permit in the European Union nation where they seek refugee, and permitting them to gain access to education and to the labour market.
To continue and strengthen the support for these residents, a new online job-search tool – the EU Talent Pool pilot initiative, which is available in English, Ukrainian and Russian – was launched on Monday through the EURES portal to help these people to find a job in the EU successfully.
“The talent pool makes access to the labour market easier. Our aim is to ensure that Ukrainians can continue to benefit from the Temporary Protection Directive,” Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, said.
Those under temporary protection can upload their CVs can register with the initiative and upload their CVs, resulting in their profiles being made available to more than 4,000 employers, national public employment services and private employment agencies.
The instrument helps match employers and job seekers across Europe by mapping job seekers’ skills and the needs of companies that are hiring new staff. So far, just six EU Member States are participating in this initiative.
“It is a tragedy that millions of people have been forced to flee their homes. It is our collective duty to provide as much support as we can to help them make a life for themselves in the EU,” Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, said.
“Finding a quality job means financial independence and it puts you on the path for better social integration,” he added.
The Commission will now discuss with the Member States to extend the protection afforded to those who fled Ukraine by one year, until March 2024.