More focus needed on integrating migrant women

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To mark International Women’s Day on March 8th, two CEPS researchers, Mikkel Barslund and Nadzeya Laurentsyeva, tackled in an article the challenge facing policy-makers of how best to integrate women migrants into the labour market.

As they noticed that the difference in employment rates between native- and non-EU born women is higher than the one of their male counterparts, they investigated the causes of such a gap. They found that in addition to a difference in age and education composition, it can be explained by the role of persistent culture but also by structural constraints on female employment

They highlight the importance of removing those barriers of more focus on integrating migrant women, as “their lack of integration into the labour market is not only a story of lost opportunity at the individual level. It also carries important macroeconomic implications.”

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4 pages

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Migration et Intégration

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JMDI publication



Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all


Protecting migrant labour rights and promoting decent work. This would help migrant workers by addressing common challenges including those relating to working conditions, wages, social protection, occupational safety, access to health care, and migration status. By strengthening ethical recruitment practices and helping eliminate recruitment fees, this would also address human trafficking, debt bondage and forced labour.

Combatting forced labour, trafficking for forced labour, child labour, and all other types of labour exploitation. This can help work towards strengthening protection of exploited and trafficked individuals, prevention of trafficking and exploitation, prosecution and redress related to these crimes, promoting dialogue and cooperation on counter-trafficking, boosting human trafficking data collection and analysis, and more.