Unlocking the Potential of Migrants

Cross-country Analysis

Among the millions of asylum seekers who recently arrived in OECD countries, the majority are young people who may be able to take advantage of vocational education and training (VET) opportunities to help them enter skilled employment. This report provides advice to governments and other stakeholders who are seeking to use VET to promote integration, in particular for young humanitarian migrants. While the study draws particularly on policy and practice observed in Germany, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland, it also highlights other international practices. The report focuses on the main channels through which migrants succeed in VET. It is essential that migrants are fully informed about the opportunities VET provision offers and that they have access to high quality preparatory programmes enabling access to upper-secondary VET. Once in such provision, targeted support should help them to complete VET programmes successfully. OECD countries are putting in place innovative measures to achieve better outcomes for both migrants and for economies as a whole. Ultimately this report argues that VET systems can become stronger, more flexible and more inclusive, when working better for all students, including those with diverse and vulnerable backgrounds.

Published on September 26, 2019

In series:OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Trainingview more titles


Executive summary
Overview: Unlocking the potential of migrants through vocational education and training
Getting informed: Understanding the potential of migrants and refugees and vocational education and training
Getting ready: Ensuring effective pathways into upper-secondary vocational education and training
Getting in: Enabling easier access to upper-secondary vocational education and training
Getting on: Supporting young migrants and refugees to complete upper-secondary vocational education and training
Towards strong, flexible and inclusive VET systems that work for all
Additional figures on foreign-born vocational education and training graduates
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