Skills Mobility Partnerships: Recommendations and Guidance for Policymakers and Practitioners

Original Language
English
ISBN (PDF)
978-92-9268-508-9
Number of Pages
106
Reference Number
PUB2023/002/EL
Date of upload

26 Feb 2024

Skills Mobility Partnerships: Recommendations and Guidance for Policymakers and Practitioners

As countries across the globe confront new skills and labour requirements, there has been growing momentum around the movement of skilled workers and effective cooperation on cross-border skills mobility. Whilst cooperation on skills mobility is not new, it has not always been of benefit to all stakeholders involved: i.e. origin and destination countries, migrant workers, the private sector, training and education institutions and civil society. 

To leverage the potential of skills mobility to the benefit of all stakeholders involved, there has been increased attention on Skills Mobility Partnerships (SMPs). SMPs are inter-state agreements concluded between states to promote human capital development and positive labour market outcomes for both country of origin and destination. To set up effective and sustainable Skills Mobility Partnerships, this publication offers practical recommendations and guidance, illustrated through national and regional examples.

  • List of boxes
  • List of figures
  • List of tables
  • Acronyms
  • Glossary of terms 
  • 1. INTRODUCTION
    • About this guidance
  • 2. WHAT ARE SKILLS MOBILITY PARTNERSHIPS?
    • Essential elements and conditions for SMPs
  • 3. LONG- AND MID-TERM PLANNING FOR SMPs
    • Recommendations
    • Further resources
  • 4. MULTI-STAKEHOLDER APPROACH AND POLICY COHERENCE IN THE CONTEXT OF SMPs
    • Recommendations
    • Strengthening public–private collaboration on SMPs
    • Further resources
  • 5. DATA AND INFORMATION FOR EVIDENCE-BASED SMP DESIGN
    • Recommendations
    • Further resources
  • 6. LOCAL DEVELOPMENT AND JOB CREATION
    • Recommendations
  • 7. SKILLS CLASSIFICATION AND RECOGNITION AS PART OF SMPs?
    • Recommendations
    • Further resources
  • 8. SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING AS PART OF SMPs
    • Recommendations
    • Further resources
  • 9. HOW TO INTEGRATE SOCIAL ASPECTS OF EMPLOYMENT
  • AND MOBILITY IN SMPs?
    • Recommendations
    • Further resources
  • 10. REGULAR PATHWAYS, ADMISSION PROCEDURES AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
    • Policies and procedures throughout the migration continuum
    • The role of national migration agencies
    • Visas and work permits
    • Simplifying migration procedures
    • Strengthening the links between Reintegration and Development
    • Migration corridors
    • Recommendations
    • Further resources
  • 11. HOW TO ACHIEVE COST REDUCTION AND SHARING
    • Financing SMPs
    • Cost-sharing in the context of SMPs
    • Recommendations
    • Further resources
  • 12. HOW TO ENSURE ETHICAL RECRUITMENT IN THE CONTEXT OF SMPs?
    • Recommendations
    • Further resources
  • 13. CONCLUSION
  • Further resources and existing guidance and training material