Th-SYM-327-5 - Career Capital, Support And Barriers To Refugees’ Labor Market Integration To European Labor Market

1 hour
Intel Theatre
Global Issues
Career capital, support and barriers to refugees’ labor market integration to European labor market
S. Pajic 1,*, G. Kismihok 1
1University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Main Abstract Content: Purpose. Employment is one of the most successful strategies for migrants’ integration into a host country. It provides social contacts, financial security and resources necessary for everyday life. However, unemployment rates are quite high among refugee groups and those who do get employment typically work in secondary labor markets. Our current research program aims to investigate to what extent individual career capital interact with institutional support and barriers in affecting employment outcomes among refugees and asylum seekers.  We focus the investigation on refugees in Greece, where high unemployment rates, instable employment relationships, and increased prevalence of undeclared work might make access to work particularly challenging.
Design. At the time of writing, survey data is being collected in collaboration with a local refugee care organization. Surveys are being administered in Arabic, Farsi, Tigrinya, and French, languages spoken in Syria, Eritrea, Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq, which are the most common origin countries of approved asylum seekers within EU in 2015.
Limitations. To increase generalizability of the findings comparative studies in diverse labor market contexts are recommended. Additionally, large scale longitudinal studies are needed to fully capture the process of labor market integration.
Practical implications. Based on the results, we intend to provide guidelines for evidence-based interventions tailored around career capital variables and aimed at assisting refugees in navigating their way to employment.
Originality. This is one of the first attempts to empirically investigate the process and outcomes of labor market integration of refugees simultaneously addressing roles of personal resources and institutional factors.


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