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Labour Market Integration Of Refugees And Asylum Seekers: An Explorative Case Study Regarding The Role Of Ethnic Antagonism At The Implementation Stage Of An European Social Fund’s Programme In Germany

Pflüger, Helen Verena (2016) Labour Market Integration Of Refugees And Asylum Seekers: An Explorative Case Study Regarding The Role Of Ethnic Antagonism At The Implementation Stage Of An European Social Fund’s Programme In Germany.

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Abstract:As more than one million migrants and asylum seekers have reached Europe in 2015, in-stances of ethnic conflict between natives and migrants have significantly increased. As a consequence, the European Social Fund (ESF), striving for socio-economic cohesion, has included migrants, refugees and asylum seekers as a target group in their labour market integration programmes. This qualitative case study focuses on how the National European Social Fund’s Programme For The Labour Market Integration Of Refugees And Asylum Seekers With Prospects Of Permanent Residence (ESF-Bleiberechtsprogramm), has been affected by ethnic conflict from the perspective of implementing organizations. This thesis investigates also to what extent the resources of refugees have been strengthened by the ESF-Bleiberechtsprogramm to support their labour market integration and prevent future ethnic conflict. Since this is not a widely researched issue, three explorative expert interviews were held with the project coordinators of the ESF-Bleiberechtsprogramm using Edna Bonacich’s Theory Of Ethnic Antagonism (1972) as a theoretical framework for operation-alizing ethnic conflict. It was determined that the principal factors affecting the implementa-tion of the ESF-Bleiberechtsprogramm were institutional discrimination and exclusionary movements lobbying for discriminatory legislation. It was also concluded that the ESF-Bleiberechtsprogramm’s PR and counselling activities greatly strengthen the political and informational resources of refugees.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70641
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