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European Training Foundation/MPC Project on Migrant Support Measures from an Employment and Skills Perspective (MISMES Project)


The MISMES Project

The Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute and the European Training Foundation (ETF, are conducting an inventory of migrant support measures from a skills and employment perspective, which are implemented in (or by) migrant-sending countries.

[See ETF Project Note in English]
[See ETF Project Note in Russian]
[See ETF Project Note in French]

  • Iván Martín: "Research on Migrant Support Measures from an Employment and Skills Perspective"
  • Shushanik Makaryan: "Preliminary conclusions of the General Inventory of MISMES"
  • Anastasia Fetsi, Ummuhan Bardak: "The origins of the MISMES project and the EU Mobility Partnerships with neighbouring countries"

The main objective of this study is to provide evidence-based, policy-oriented inputs to guide EU cooperation with Neighbourhood partner countries in the field of legal migration, particularly from a skills and employment perspective. This global study will identify the range of migrant support measures from a skills and employment perspective with the aim of assessing 1) their cost-effectiveness and 2) their impact on labour migration process outcomes.

For the purposes of the study, migrant support measures are defined as policy interventions aimed at improving the labour market integration of migrant workers/returnees and reducing the underutilisation of migrant workers’ skills before, during, and after migration. In order to systematise the analysis, nine preliminary categories of measures were identified: i) international job-matching measures; ii) pre-departure information, orientation, and/or training schemes; iii) access to labour market information and protection of migrant workers’ rights in destination countries; iv) assessment, certification, validation, and recognition of migrants’ skills and qualifications; v) measures that aim to improve the utilization of migrant workers’ skills; vi) programmes for capitalizing on skills across borders (including in diasporas); vii) measures that aim to enhance migrant workers’ skills prior to migration, during migration, or upon their return; viii) active labour market policies to support the labour market reintegration of returnees; ix) targeted entrepreneurship and business start-up support for returnees.

Why bother with migrant support measures?

MISMES Project expected outputs

General Inventory of MISMES worldwide: This inventory will aim to assess different categories of MISMES in terms of cost-effectiveness and their impacts on labour markets outcomes of migrant workers. On the basis of the information collected, factors of success and common denominators will be identified, including contextual factors that may affect the impact of MISMES, as well as the challenges in implementing each category of migrant-support measures.

In order to collect information on existing MISMES, the project team and ETF have developed a detailed MISMES Questionnaire that is addressed to practitioners and organizations implementing MISMES worldwide.

Questionnaire in English
Questionnaire in Russian
Questionnaire in French

EU Neighbourhood Country Case Studies: In the second phase of the project, which will last until October 2014, the methodology developed for the General Inventory will be applied to five case studies aimed at analyzing MISMES in five countries of the EU Neighbourhood (Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Morocco and Tunisia). The country case studies will aim to draw lessons for the optimization of their Mobility Partnerships or migration policy dialogues with the EU from a skills and employment perspective.

Migrant Support Measures in Mobility Partnerships analysed in five neighbouring countries

Completed Activities

March 2014 13th-14th, EUI, Florence. Workshop on MISMES Global Inventory
November 19th, 2013. ETF, Turin.MISMES Project kick-off meeting.
Project team and ETF counterparts.
Discussion of work plan and methodology
29-30 September 2014, Turin, ItalyMISMES Project final workshop to discuss
the Global Inventory and the five country case studies and recommendations for the Mobility Partnerships

Research Team:


MISMES Team Image

Philippe Fargues and Alessandra VenturiniScientific Directors
Iván MartínProject Coordinator and Principal Researcher
Shushanik MakaryanPrincipal Researcher
Agnieszka WeinarPolicy brief author
Irina BadurashviliCountry case study author for Georgia
Valeriu MosneagaCountry case study author for Moldova
Sona KalantaryanCountry case study author for Armenia
Mohamed BensaidCountry case study author for Morocco
Larabi JaidiMISMES case study author for Morocco
Iván MartínCountry case study author for Tunisia
Mohamed KriaaMISMES case study author for Tunisia


ETF Migration Team:

Ummuhan Bardak
Anna Kahlson
Siria Taurelli
Eva Jansova




The MISMES project is financed by the European Training Foundation.