The European Union, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the Belgian development agency Enabel are testing an innovative migration model. This makes the link between the development of the IT sector in Morocco and the shortage of well-trained IT specialists in Flanders. Agoria is also supporting this initiative.

The Pilot Project Addressing Labour Shortages Through Innovative Labour Migration Models (PALIM) runs from 1 March 2019 to 31 August 2020. It will be implemented and coordinated by the Belgian development agency Enabel, in collaboration with the Flemish and Moroccan employment mediators (VDAB and ANAPEC), VOKA and Agoria, their Moroccan counterparts CGEM and APEBI, Fedasil and the Flemish Agency for Integration and Integration. Agoria considers this initiative to be a perfect fit with the findings of the Be the Change study, because it also focuses on tackling the shortage of IT talents on our labour market.

Moroccan computer scientists

Sixty Moroccan graduates will receive extra training in Morocco to increase their chances on the labour market. About thirty of them will then be guided to find a job in Morocco, the other half will be guided to work in Flanders. In September 2019, the first Moroccan computer scientists should start working in Flanders.

The Moroccan employment mediator ANAPEC will also be guided to improve its services in its own country, because Morocco expects to need 30,000 IT specialists by 2020. So far, the training courses have not been sufficiently geared to the demand on the labour market.

Development and migration

"The world is changing rapidly. To fill the vacancies we sometimes have to look across borders. This project will provide us with new insights into the links between development and migration. The initiative will benefit both Morocco and Belgium." (Jean Van Wetter, General Manager, Enabel). 

The project has a budget of 1.5 million euros and is carried out by Enabel with the financial support of the European Union. This innovative initiative is part of the pilot projects for regular migration funded through the Mobility Partnerships Facility managed by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).