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Using Information and Communication Technologies to Promote Education and Employment Opportunities for Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities

  • Authors: Christine Redecker, Alexandra HachĂ© and Clara Centeno
  • EUR Number: Technical Note JRC57947
  • Publication date: 4/2010

Abstract

This report gives examples of various initiatives all over Europe illustrating that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) contribute to the social and cultural integration of immigrants and ethnic minorities (IEM); facilitate the successful integration of migrant children and youth into Education and Training; and enhance vocational training and employment opportunities.
ICT provide learning and training opportunities for adult migrants and ethnic minorities, fostering their language and cultural skills, fighting illiteracy, and training digital skills, thus promoting social integration. ICT make educational and vocational training accessible to youth and adult immigrants who are often disenfranchised from mainstream training opportunities. ICT tools assist in opening up employment opportunities for immigrants and ethnic minorities by improving recruitment procedures and matching immigrants’ professional profiles with employments needs. However, to seize the opportunities offered by ICT, access to computers and basic digital skills as well as digital competence need to be promoted.

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