PALIM: Moroccan ICT Development And Labour Shortages In Flanders


The European Union, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the Belgian development agency Enabel is testing an innovative labour migration model linking Morocco’s growing ICT sector with Flanders’ qualified ICT workers shortages. This Global Skills Partnership model is based on the assumption that labour mobility can only benefit the parties when potential employees are able to find a qualified job both in their country of origin and in the country of destination.

For the trial, 60 Moroccan graduates will be offered training in Morocco with half of them receiving coaching to find employment in Morocco, whereas the other half will be coached to find employment in Flanders. The Moroccan employment agency ANAPEC will also be accompanied to improve service delivery in Morocco, where an estimated 30 000 IT professionals are needed by 2020 and training is not sufficiently aligned with labour market needs.

It is implemented by Enabel with European Union funding. This innovative initiative is one of the regular migration pilot projects financed via the Mobility Partnership Facility, which is managed by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). This model, which brings together a broad range of actors, can later be duplicated in other labour market segments and in other countries.

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