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MATCH, Hiring African Talents

Within this demand-driven circular migration project, MATCH addresses labour market shortages in four European countries; Italy, Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands. This is achieved by enabling an estimated 210 migrants from Nigeria and Senegal to work for a period of 1-2 years in companies within sectors where specific labour shortages have been identified.

In the Netherlands, IOM works in partnership with the Netherlands-Africa Business Council (NABC), to promote existing legal pathways for highly skilled candidates from Nigeria and Senegal to work temporarily in Dutch companies; primarily within the ICT, technology and digitalization sectors.

MATCH targets candidates who, through their temporary work placement, are provided the opportunity to upscale their skills in Europe and increase their employability upon return to their home countries.

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In addition to the circular mobility scheme, MATCH implements complementary activities in order to increase the impact of the project. These include:

  • Skills development: selected candidates are offered various trainings organized by the individual companies and employment agencies.
  • Knowledge transfer: labour migrants are invited to engage in projects in their home country to facilitate skills and knowledge transfer to their communities of origin.
  • Peer-to-peer capacity building: MATCH facilitates the exchange between employer organizations and employment agencies in the four participating EU Member States and their counterparts in Senegal and Nigeria. Employer organizations and employment agencies in Nigeria and Senegal benefit from capacity building trainings on labour market analysis, matching of labour supply with demand and exploring labour opportunities abroad. This facilitates the roll-out of future labour mobility schemes benefiting countries of origin and destination alike.

If you are a company that is looking to recruit highly skilled talent,
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This project supports the implementation of the following Sustainable Development Goals


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Europe’s ageing population calls for innovative solutions to address labour shortages. Together, IOM and the Netherlands-Africa Business Council NABC recognize that the future of work includes tapping into the potential of Africa to fill vacancies in the Dutch ICT/technology sector.

Through temporary work placements, the MATCH project provides candidates with the opportunity to upscale their skills in Europe and increase their employability upon return to their home countries.

If you are looking to recruit skilled talent from Nigeria and Senegal, you are kindly invited to join our webinar series. Learn more about recruiting relevant talent, and how circular labour migration contributes to development by watching the first two of a series of webinars here.

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Download the Match Information Sheet here