Asylum-seekers are entitled to a work permit six months after making their asylum application, or if their asylum claim has been accepted. The permit is valid until a decision on their claim has been made at the first instance. Asylum-seekers do not have access to the labour market during the application process or following a final negative decision on their claim. If asylum seekers are granted Refugee or Beneficiary of Subsidiary Protection status, they are granted permanent working permits.

A national net of public migration centres, reception mechanisms and integration programs offer services that include basic psychosocial attention, accommodation and meals, labour orientation and information on the different support mechanisms available. There is also the possibility of requesting financial aid for non-academic professional training. Additionally, professionals in these public migration centres may offer orientation and financial aid on official skills validation procedures.


About Skills2Work

The Skills2Work project aims to promote labour market integration of refugees* by promoting the early validation of formal and informal skills and competences. This is achieved by supporting the reception framework and capacities of relevant authorities, service providers and employers, and by enhancing access to information and services regarding the recognition of skills and qualifications of refugees.  

*For the sake of clarity and simplicity, the term "refugees"  is used on this website to refer to all beneficiaries of international protection (both Geneva Convention refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection).

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