Warsaw 2019 - Context, Aim and Programme

Context and Aim

10.9 % of 15 to 24 year old youths in the European Union is not in education, employment or training. These so-called NEET youths stay off the grid of institutions who offer help and support in education, well-being and employment. Consequently, we are dealing with a group that finds itself in a vulnerable position on the labour market.

During the seminar we will discuss two specific target groups within the NEET scope. On the one hand we will expand on Euro-orphans, which are children and youths who stay behind in their country of origin while their parents are employed abroad. On the other hand we will also discuss the issue of the unaccompanied minors among refugees. Both groups have a greater risk of getting into the NEET group of young people.

First we will present an outline of already existing measures aimed at NEET youths. In addition, we will specify the needs of both target groups. Knowledge of these two elements will allow us to identify policy inconsistencies and mismatches between the current policy and the target group. As a result we will be able to examine how to achieve a better alignment of measures and target groups. To this end the issue will be approached from different perspectives. Both the academic and the practical side of the story will be brought to attention.


NEET Youths amongst Euro-orphans and Unaccompanied Minor Refugees: Approach and Prevention

Warsaw (PL), 3 & 4 October 2019

Organisation: Euromf vzw - Supported financially by the European Union


09:30 - Opening of the Seminar: Bart Gaublomme (Euromf chairman, BE)
09:40 - Welcome: Piotr Duda (President of Solidarność, PL)
10:00 - Plenary workshop: ‘Participants are the experts’. We take time to learn more about the participants in this seminar (including the speakers), in particular their expectations. (Moderated by Mon Verrydt, Head of the EZA Brussels Office and Coordinator of Starterslabo, BE)
11:00 - Coffee break
11:15 - Current situation of NEET youths in Europe: Veerle Miranda (Senior Economist, Social Policy Division, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD, FR)
12:15 - Lunch break
13:45 - Case study: Project NEET youngsters: Evelien Maris (NEET-youth Education Worker, Arktos, BE)
14:15 - Plenary workshop: ‘How can we facilitate the entry of NEET youths into the labor market?’ (Moderated by Mon Verrydt, Head of the EZA Brussels Office and Coordinator of Starterslabo, BE)
15:15 - Coffee Break
15:35 - What can we learn from the Philippine situation regarding Euro-orphans in terms of education and work?: Ir. Janne Bemelmans (Researcher in Development Policy, UAntwerpen, BE)
16:10 - Psychosocial picture of Polish circular migrants' children: problem analysis: Prof. Beata Maria Nowak (Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, PL) + Q&A
17:10 - Questions and discussion about the topics covered (Moderated by Bart Gaublomme, Euromf Chairman, BE)
18:00 - End of the first day’s programme
19:00 - Dinner


09:30 - Opening of the second day: Carien Neven (Board member of Euromf vzw and Director of beweging.net Limburg, BE)
09:45 - Current situation of unaccompanied minor refugees in Europe and their competencies in order to support integration into work or education: Prof. Haege Nore (Department of Vocational Teacher Education, Oslo Metropolitan University and coordinator of the Erasmus+ Project ‘Career guidance for young refugees - escaping NEET status with training and employment', NO)
10:45 - Coffee break
11:00 - A young refugee shares his story: Omran Barikzai (Member of Minor Ddako and KAJ de MUG, BE, AF) + Q&A
11:20 - Case study: Project unaccompanied minor refugees: Melanie Zonderman (Project Employee, Panel Minors in Exile, BE)
11:50 - Lunch break
13:20 - Workshop: Unaccompanied minor refugees in Europe (Moderated by Mon Verrydt, Head of the EZA Brussels Office and Coordinator of Starterslabo, BE)
14:20 - Movie: ‘Waiting for August’
15:50 - Coffee break
16:05 - Q&A with the director of ‘Waiting for August’ via Skype conference (Teodora Ana Mihai, Movie Director, RO, BE)
17:00 - Plenary workshop: Lessons learned at this seminar (Moderated by Mon Verrydt, Head of the EZA Brussels Office and Coordinator of Starterslabo, BE)
18:00 - End of the second day’s programme
19:00 - Dinner

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