Digital skills are crucial for jobs and social inclusion. The rapid growth of internet access and connectivity has paved the way for the development of a digital economy around the world. However, there are large inequalities due to a lack of digital skills in both developed and developing countries, particularly in terms of socio-economic status, ethnic background, gender, geography, age and educational attainment (UNESCO 2018).
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation even more dramatic, especially with regard to forced migration. Refugees are one of the most vulnerable groups in European society. They are even more affected by the consequences of the pandemic than the majority population and there is currently no prospect of an improvement in the situation. The accreditation or nostrification of their vocational training is often a further obstacle to the pursuit of a profession that corresponds to their qualifications and to a meaningful integration into society.
On the other hand, refugees have a huge potential to contribute to society and to the ambitious goals of the EU Green Deal. They have a powerful role to play in driving the transformation towards climate neutrality forward, and could become climate diplomats in third countries.
The Go4DiGREEN digital job training program aims to improve the situation of European refugees by improving digital and entrepreneurial skills of this target group in a measurable and sustainable way.