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Factsheet for measure FR-2022-16/2384 – measures in France

Pathways to integration through economic activity for Ukrainian refugees

Accès des réfugiés ukrainiens aux parcours d’insertion par l’activité économique (IAE)

Country France , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 12 April 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Frédéric Turlan (IRshare) and Eurofound
Measure added 20 May 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)

Background information

A decree of 12 April 2022 modifies the eligibility criteria for people on a pathway to integration through economic activity (Parcours d’insertion par l’activité économique - IAE) in order to open access to Ukrainian refugees. The pathways to IAE allows unemployed people with social and professional difficulties to benefit from an employment contract. Offered by certain structures, this pathway may include training.

Content of measure

The decree includes beneficiaries of temporary protection in the list of people who can join an AEI programme, given that this status has been activated for Ukrainian nationals. It stipulates that in order to justify their status, the individuals concerned must simply present their temporary residence permit.

The public employment service - Pôle Emploi - targets people who can benefit from the scheme: the long-term unemployed; people receiving minimum social benefits (RSA, ASS, AAH, etc.); young people under 26 years of age in great difficulty; workers recognised as disabled; and now Ukrainian refugees. Pôle emploi directs them to specialised social and professional integration structures that can offer them work. In order to benefit from IAE, it is necessary to sign a specific work contract with one of these structures.

Use of measure

No data available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Migrants or refugees in employment
Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Public employment service
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Informed
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


No specific involvement.

Views and reactions

No views.


  • 12 April 2022: Arrêté du 12 avril 2022 modifiant l'arrêté du 1er septembre 2021 fixant la liste des critères d'éligibilité des personnes à un parcours d'insertion par l'activité économique et des prescripteurs mentionnés à l'article L. 5132-3 du code du travail (


Eurofound (2022), Pathways to integration through economic activity for Ukrainian refugees, measure FR-2022-16/2384 (measures in France), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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