Created on 04 November 2021
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In Strasbourg, on 18 October 2021, the 8th meeting of the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR) Project Coordination Group was held. Participants from all 12 countries currently participating in the project as well as the UNHCR attended, either in Strasbourg or online.

Implemented by the Council of Europe since 2017, the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees enables refugees to have their qualifications assessed even in the absence of full documentation. The EQPR helps refugees to enter further studies or to seek employment.

 

Strasbourg EQPR Eight MeetingThe national information centers of Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, France, Germany Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Serbia, and the United Kingdom are currently participating in the EQPR project.

 

Among the recent developments, the meeting highlighted two elements: the piloting of the EQPR online platform and the design of a specialized training course for evaluators. The first training cycle for credential evaluators has now been completed, and more cycles will be organized to build the capacity of evaluators for the assessment of refugees’ qualifications. These two developments will help to ensure the quality and sustainability of the project.

 

Strasbourg EQPR Eight Meeting 2Among the key topics discussed were the preparations of the third project phase lasting from 2022 to 2024, the upscaling of evaluation sessions to a weekly schedule, how to facilitate exchanges of experience between credential evaluators even in the online mode, the Task Force on qualifications from Afghanistan, and how to involve employers, universities and public authorities.