Vocational training of young asylum seekers in host countries
adopted by the Standing Committee, acting on behalf of
the Assembly, on 26 March 2002 (see Doc. 9380, report of the Committee
on Migration, Refugees and Demography, rapporteur: Mrs Zwerver).
1. The Assembly, referring to its Recommendation 1552 (2002) on
vocational training of young asylum seekers in host countries, believes
that young asylum seekers are an important element of the overall
human capital of the host society.
2. The Assembly notes that some economic sectors of the Council
of Europe member states present a structural shortage of workforce,
accompanied by an unwillingness amongst citizens to take up employment
in some of those sectors.
3. Thousands of asylum seekers live in Council of Europe member
states, and many of them are competent and willing to take up those
positions. In most member states, however, asylum seekers face legal
and practical barriers to access to the labour market, often irrespective
of the length of time that the authorities take to reach a final
decision on their asylum application.
4. Therefore the Assembly instructs its Committee on Migration,
Refugees and Demography to:
an in-depth examination, leading to a report to the Assembly, on
the obstacles that asylum seekers face in having access to the labour
market of the Council of Europe member states and, in particular,
to review national laws on access to employment for asylum seekers;
ii analyse, together with the Committee on Culture, Science
and Education, the broader issue of education and training of young
migrants in Council of Europe member states.