Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the COVID-19 crisis, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.
Factsheet for measure BE-2022-19/2402 – measures in Belgium
|Country||Belgium , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 May 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Smoothing frictions or reallocation of workers
|Author||Dries Van Herreweghe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||23 May 2022 (updated 14 June 2022)|
Different regional public employment service (PES) organisations have organised specific support measures and initiatives in order to provide additional employment support to jobseekers coming from Ukraine.
As the PES organisations are organised regionally in Belgium, they each have their own initiatives in which they try to provide additional support to the group of refugees currently coming from Ukraine.
As foreign nationals have to physically present themselves in order to register as job-seekers, Walloon PES Forem has taken measures to make registration easier for them: registration can either be done collectively, in cooperation with the municipalities, in the presence of Forem translators and advisers who speak English, or individually, on Forem premises, with volunteer translators or interpreters from SeTIS (the social translation and interpreting service). During collective information sessions, Forem informs Ukrainians about the services offered, including guidance and training.
Actiris has organised several initiatives specifically targeted at the group of refugees looking for work.
In total 243 people have registered with FOREM at the end of May 2022, 14 have found employment. Two collective information sessions were organised, approximately 100 people participated. At the start of May, approximately 328 refugees had applied to Actiris in Brussels.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Migrants or refugees
Public employment service
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Eurofound (2022), Public employment service information support measures for Ukrainian refugees, measure BE-2022-19/2402 (measures in Belgium), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BE-2022-19_2402.html
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