What means EQUAL?
The Community initiative EQUAL of the European Union aims to combat
discrimination and disadvantagement in the labor market to ensure
everyone equal access to education, professional development and
employment opportunities. Various projects all over Europe are
attempting to establish new ways of integrating all sections of the
population into an unbiased labor market. They focus on subject areas
such as "equal opportunities for women and men" or "employment
capabilities". Since 2002 the European Union has made monies from the
European Social Funds (ESF) available for this purpose. The Thuringian
EQUAL project "Arbeit und Bildung International" (Education and
Employment International) is focusing on "political asylum" in order to
improve access for refugees with precarious residence status to the
labor market. The project has been broadened to include Jewish immigrants.