What's Working and What's Not: Integration on the Labor Market, in Education and Housing from a socio-spatial perspective


ORGANISERS | Ursula Reeger and Karolina Sobczak-Szelc

This panel examines some of the most important functional indicators of migrant integration in European countries: labour market participation, access to education and housing from a socio- spatial point of view. We welcome papers that empirically analyze how integration activities and policies are designed, organized and implemented; how efficient and effective they are and what the mutual links are (if any) between macro, meso, and micro levels of policy implementation and governance structures in these areas of integration.

We are especially interested in papers that explore the following issues: local, regional and national differences in labour market integration, housing or education access; urban versus rural experiences and the implications for integration on the local level; the role of meso-level actors such as NGOs, religious organizations, and other solidarity groups in facilitating access to labour markets, education or housing; refugee experiences and challenges and opportunities related to work and schooling. Papers that offer policy recommendations are particularly welcome.

With regard to labour market integration specifically, we seek papers exploring how asylum seekers and refugees integrate in formal and informal labour market, what kind of barriers and opportunities they face in this process, what the role of governmental and non-governmental initiatives or programs is in facilitating labour market integration, what the role of co-ethnics or refugee communities is in finding jobs or professional development and evaluate the process of validation of skills and recognition of qualifications and experience. We intend to gain insights in the perspective of asylum seekers, refugees, NGO’s and local authorities.

With regard to education and integration, we seek papers exploring the role of formal and informal education in the integration of asylum seekers and refugees. We aim to study the link between the scope of competences vested in national and local governments, NGO’s and other associations in relation to the education of asylum seekers and refugees and their motivations to continue or pursue learning in the host country. We also intend to gain insight in the perspectives of local governments, NGO’s and refugees on how education policy facilitates or hampers the integration of asylum seekers and refugees.