EQUAL „new product development”

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Responsible for the project
Hargitai Dávid
Európai Szociális Alap és a Magyar Kormány

The Menedék –Hungarian Association for Migrants started their work in 2007, in the project EQUAL „Chance Labour-market orientation for asylum seekers” with a thematic network cooperation. The aim of the cooperation is the change of experiences among the participants of EQUAL project, hence the association undertakes the development of 5 products which is realized as a part of a wide partnership.


The employer’s attitude and the lack of information are the most important difficulties to the disadvantaged groups. First of all, to bring forward change, there is a need to present the concrete instruments and also a need to highlight good exercises. The „Instruments” set up 3 main goals:
The transaction of research with charts and systems, and then analyzes the employer’s attitudes in the field of employee-employer relations which are relevant within the disadvantaged groups.
To make a brochure which tries to call the employers attention to the possibilities and advantages of the integration of disadvantaged groups. This brochure collects examples, experiences and recommendations to help the employers.
To draft a policy recommendation, which summarizes the international experiences, the employer’s and specialist’s opinion, and draft recommendations to the decision-makers at the local and national level.

The Key Competencies

The key competencies, which are determined by the European Union, do not have a general gage for what is acceptable for the whole professional, and it also isn’t clarified how important the key competencies are for the employers and employees.  The „key competencies” have 2 aims:  On the one hand, it would measure the competencies (and the content of these) which are important for the employers/employees and on the other hand, it undertakes 3-4 key competencies to gage- which are necessary to mark out the development way and it’s degree of the labour-market integration. These instruments will help to the organizations which want to give non-formal education based on competencies, and also the organizations which besides the formal education want to emphasize the development based on competencies in the labour-market and social and educational projects.

Help in another way

The „help in another way” product aims to make a methodology and example handbook which is based on the research experiences and professional’s work. We make this handbook for organizations/helpers who are dealing with disadvantaged groups to help solve the different problems. The handbook consists of theoretical and practical tips. The theoretical part helps to realize the problems of the clients and to give complex help to them. The practical part helps the organizations to develop a new approach, practice, and to solve the labour-market problems of the disadvantaged groups. The handbook presents the exercises in 2 modules (homelessness and migrants).


Finding a job is determined by the supply and demand of the labour-market. Nowadays, the social workers are spending more time with the clients and less time with relations and the receiving side because of the lack of information. The „Munkapocs” product aims to give qualification to professionals who could give a complex amount of support (job matching method), and to be able to cooperate with the employers towards the replacement of the disadvantaged groups within the labour-market.


The „Önkéntesség” product aims to forward the asylum seekers labour-market and social integration by using and standardizing the refugee specific volunteer good-practice, methodology. The project has 3 parts (research, transaction of a sample project, making professional themes), and it affects the volunteers, the asylum seekers, employers and other helpers. The 3 main goals of the project are:
Research period: Try to chart the factors which are important to adapt (in Hungary) the instruments of volunteer, and integrity.
Test-project period: Try to give an example of how to realize the project (the asylum seekers free, volunteer working etc).
Make two professional brochures which summarize experiences of the research and practice period and help to uphold the project.