09 Dec 2016

Labour Market Integration of Refugees

A comparative survey of Bosnians in five EU countries

Mikkel Barslund / Matthias Busse / Karolien Lenaerts / Lars Ludolph / Vilde Renman

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This study traces the integration experience of Bosnian refugees from the Balkan wars with the aim of drawing lessons for the current wave of refugees entering Europe. Integration is a slow-moving process. Looking closely at Bosnian refugees enables us to see past immediate integration outcomes and take a longer-term view. Another consideration in the design of this study is that there is significant overlap among the countries affected by the two refugee crises. Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden all saw a large absolute and relative influx of refugees in both 2015 and in the years between 1992 and 1995, when the largest share of Bosnians arrived in Western Europe. The study carries out an in-depth examination of their labour market integration in those five countries.

This research was funded by Stiftung Mercator in the context of the MEDAM Project (Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration). For more information on the MEDAM project, see https://www.stiftung-mercator.de/en/project/mercator-dialogue-on-asylum-and-migration-medam/

Series: CEPS Special Report No. 155    No of pp: 33