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The role of integration policies for migrants’ outcomes in the labour market in Germany, Sweden and the UK

Beck, J. (2014) The role of integration policies for migrants’ outcomes in the labour market in Germany, Sweden and the UK.

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Abstract:This thesis investigates the role of integration policies for migrants’ outcomes in the labour market by the examples of Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The outcome is measured through differences in the activity rate, over qualification rate and unemployment rate between immigrants and natives. The case study makes clear differences and similarities of integration policies in the selected countries. The German integration model is changing as the 'temporary model' for the guest workers is seen as not appropriate any more. In contrast, the UK introduced a five tier system to tackle the huge storm of immigrants. The Swedish traditionally have a high degree of integration policies. The paper derives hypotheses about the quality of the integration policies. The Migrant Integration Policy Index is used in order to measure the quality of integration policies concerning the labour market. It concludes that the role is only limited as other factors are able to influence the migrants' outcomes in the labour market like the current government or the welfare system of a state. An influence has also the migration history of a state and the thereof resulting integration models. Further, the composition of migrants, their cultural and educational background are decisive.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:71 sociology
Programme:European Public Administration BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65604
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