Communities Under Stress: the impact of migration and the individual and contextual factors associated with economic integration

  • 8 Nov 2017

    17:00-18:00, Clay Room, Nuffield College

  • Sociology Seminar   Add to Calendar
Speaker: Dr Neli Demireva

This event is part of the Sociology Seminar Series. Details to be confirmed.

The presentation focuses on research carried out within the GEMM project. Across the major immigrant receiving societies of the European Union migrants and minorities still experience economic disadvantage. This failure of economic integration poses significant questions about the utilization of human capital, the management of mobility and the competitiveness of European labour markets. We use a variety of datasets. The presentations considers the impact not only of individual factors on labour market integration but also takes different compositions over regions and countries into account. To do so, we include external data from the EU-LFS, administrative sources and migration indices to model the role of contextual factors in facilitating or hindering labour market integration. We observe significant differences in the return to human capital credentials between majority and first and second generation minority members. Muslim migrants and their children are particularly likely to have both their qualifications and any further training undertaken in the receiving context discounted. Contextual effects can also contribute to negative associations. The observed patterns should be of considerable concern to policy makers as they attest to poor short and long term prospects for most migrant and second generation groups.

The Sociology Seminar Series is convened by Professor Janne Jonsson. For more information about this or any of the seminars in the series, please contact