Integration of Immigrants in European Labour Markets

INTERECONOMICS,Vol 52, No.5 September/October 2017      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Forum: Integration of Immigrants in European Labour Markets

The European refugee crisis of 2015 has led to a renewed surge of research into how to integrate refugees – as well as family and labour migrants – into European societies and in particular into EU labour markets. The papers in this Forum examine previous research on immigrant integration and update it with fresh data and new insights. Why do immigrants integrate better in some countries than others? Which skills have proven to be most essential for their successful integration, and what tools are available to countries to foster this integration? This Forum combines studies of the labour market integration programmes and methods used in specific countries – including a “best practice” review of the Canadian immigrant integration system with a review of social integration measures and an analysis of Bosnian refugee integration efforts from the 1990s. While the labour market integration of immigrants will likely always remain a diffi cult task, the authors in this Forum hope to contribute to improving this process and consequently enriching both host countries’ economies and immigrants’ lives.

Forum: Integration of Refugees: Lessons from Bosnians in Five EU Countries

By Mikkel Barslund, Matthias Busse, Karolien Lenaerts, Lars Ludolph and Vilde Renma

Forum: Large-Scale Immigration and Labour Market Integration: First Lessons from the Recent Past in Germany

By Yuliya Kosyakova and Steffen Sirries

Forum: The Labour Market Participation of Humanitarian Migrants in Sweden: An Overview

By Nahikari Irastorza and Pieter Bevelander

Forum: Canada’s Immigration System: Lessons for Europe?

By Arthur Sweetman

Forum: The Social Integration of Immigrants and the Role of Policy – A Literature Review

By Nadzeya Laurentsyeva and Alessandra Venturini

Editorial: The Fragility of Freedom of Movement

By Cian Mulligan

Letter from America: The Puerto Rican Saga

By Anne Krueger

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