“Mesa de Empleo” MEV lead by Asociación Rumiñahui
Description: “Mesa de Empleo de Valencia” (MEV) – Employment Committee in Valencia is a plural platform that brings together various non-governmental organizations’, migrant associations, foundations and non-profit social groups committed to the active defence of the labour rights of migrants, applicants for international protection and refugees, among other vulnerable groups.
Category/Topic: Community Development, Entrepreneurship and Business, Other
Target Audience: Women from third countries
Objectives: The main objective of the MEV is to develop joint actions in the field of employment in order to improve the working conditions of migrants, applicants for international protection and refugees, with a special focus on local public policies that regulate the labour market. As specific objectives, the MEV aims are: a) Promoting mutual collaboration between the employment programmes of NGOs and the employment programmes of Valencia City Council, b) Building spaces for interlocution with the public administration, social services and public employment services, and c) Fostering collaboration with companies, the promotion of good practices and inter-sectoral dialogue.
Context/Background: The initiative is aimed at the migrant population in general. The initiative began more than 10 years ago, however, it will resume its activity in 2019 on a permanent basis, establishing a series of strategies and objectives to be met in the long term. The aim is that this initiative will benefit all the users of the entities that make it up (24 entities) and the entities themselves, as well as society in general. It is a permanent activity in time, where at least the entities that constitute it meet 4 times a year and can be extended whenever it is proposed in a total way or through commissions. The initiative is at a provincial level, as there are entities that do not only work in the town of Valencia. It should be highlighted that these actions have a direct impact on state and regional policies, as the programmes in which this activity is framed are subsidised by different local, regional, national and European administrations.
Key Features/Activities: The activities carried out since 2019 have been: • Meetings where different topics have been addressed to improve the employability and socio-labour insertion of people using the entities. • Elaboration of statutes. • Elaboration of a document of good practices. • Institutional mailing, logo design, document of entity members and contact, etc. • Document of shared annual activities (courses, workshops, referrals). • Design of annual objectives for implementation.
Outcomes/Results: In terms of key achievements, the following should be highlighted: 1. Being an organised structure of collaboration supporting the socio-labour insertion of immigrants living in the territory where the entities operate. 2.Parallel synergies that are built up through the network. 3. Elaboration of statutes and operation. 4. Document of good practices. 5. Participants from each organisation benefit directly from the networking carried out by the MEV. 6. Commitment of members to set new objectives and to reach them.
Impact: By addressing the employment-related challenges faced by migrants, applicants for international protection, and refugees, the MEV has contributed to improve their overall working conditions. By providing support, training, and opportunities, the MEV can help these individuals become active contributors to their local communities, fostering social cohesion and reducing social exclusion.
Challenges Faced: • Navigating the legal and regulatory frameworks related to employment, immigration, and refugees can be complex and vary significantly from one region or country to another. • Migrants, applicants for international protection, and refugees come from diverse backgrounds with varying levels of education, skills, and experiences. Designing a one-size-fits-all approach to address their employment needs may not effectively cater to the individual requirements of each group. • Effective communication and understanding between the initiative’s organizers, service providers, and the target population may be hindered by language barriers and cultural differences
Contact Information: Calle Marcelino Giner 9 Bajo Iz.Valencia. 46020 Tel 1: (34) 960703752 Tel 2: (34) 667676104