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The ESPAR project – European Skills Passport for Refugees, funded by the Asylum Migration and Integration Fund and promoted in partnership with the Catholic University of Milan, A. Cross, Realmonte, Community of Sant’Egidio, Lotta Contro L’emarginazione, Eta Beta, Focsiv and Oikos, officially ended last March. The overall objective was to design, experiment, refine and disseminate a model that facilitates the recognition and communication of the skills possessed by political refugees and asylum seekers in order to make their integration into the host nation faster and more efficient. In order to avoid mechanisms of marginalization with huge human, social and economic costs, the project intervened on the contrast of the phenomenon of de-qualification through the recognition of skills and a better awareness of the real level of professionalism on the part of the refugee. ESPAR has had as its central element the experimentation of skills budget pathways, which involved a total of 420 beneficiaries (political asylum seekers and international protection) at national level, of which 86% are men and 52% are aged between 18 and 22. The experimentation aimed at drafting a portfolio of skills, saw the allocation at the end of the project of 350 passports, delivered to project beneficiaries coming for 87% from Africa (main countries: Nigeria, Gambia, Senegal and Costa D ‘ Ivory) and 13% from Asia (main countries of origin: Pakistan and Bangladesh). Among the other achievements of the project, there is also the involvement of 25 linguistic-cultural mediators, trained by researchers at the Catholic University of Milan on the experimentation of the ESPAR protocol, of which 58% women and 25% of foreign origin and the implementation of 5 research projects conducted at European level (Italy, France, Germany, England and Spain) in order to collect good practices on experience of recognition of skills for immigrants.