Why do refugees struggle to integrate into European labour markets?


Thu, 04/19/2018


Title Why do refugees struggle to integrate into European labour markets?

Date Thursday, 19 April 2018, 13:00 - 14:30

Location CEPS, 1 Place du Congrés, 1000 Brussels

Speaker Francesco Fasani, Associate Professor at School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary University of London

Discutant Ilke Adam, Research Professor at the Institute For European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Chair Nadzeya Laurentsyeva, Research Fellow, Economy and Finance, CEPS


This seminar is organized by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in the framework of the Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM), a practical research project. Francesco Fasani will present the findings of his research “(The Struggle for) Refugee Integration into the Labour Market: Evidence from Europe”, which evaluates how refugee dispersal policies and the asylum process influence their labour market integration.

The evidence show that refugees have weaker performance than other migrants in the EU in terms of labour market integration. This can be explained partially by the fact that refugees encounter more restrictive regulations and higher uncertainty. The study investigates the impact of asylum policies at the time of refugees’ arrival on their labour market integration.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion with Ilke Adam of the possible lessons and recommendations for the EU and national policymakers. The floor will then be open for questions. The detail of the programme can be found here.

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