European integration, demographic changes and budgetary pressure force on most European countries to reform labour market and innovate social policy. Governance, policies and legislation is shifting to a case-oriented approach to maximise social and economic participation and minimise benefit dependency. A good functioning labour market is vital for each country’s economy. Globalisation, migration and changing work patterns all influence labour markets, industrial relations and employment conditions. The free movement of workers in the EU provides new opportunities and challenges. These changes make it necessary for governments and social partners to adjust their policies.
At the same time, specific groups are still excluded from the most common aspects of life such as work, public transport or even education. In many parts of the world the emancipation of parts of the population such as women, minorities or disabled people is not completed. Closely linked to these developments are issues such as the combination of work and family life, the insurance of new social risks, the identification of best practices for the integration of disabled or sick persons, the integration of migrants and refugees, and the development of sound poverty reduction strategies. Ecorys provides research, evaluation and technical assistance services to support employment and social inclusion policies worldwide.
Sample projects, please contact us for specific references:
- Review and analysis of policies and initiatives for social inclusion of young people
- Challenges and opportunities of socio-economic inclusion of migrant EU workers
- Assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of European Social Fund learning networks
- European Investment Bank Youth Employment Survey
- Empowerment and Social Inclusion of Budding Women Entrepreneurs in India