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Newcomers in the North: Labor Market Integration of Refugees in Northern Europe

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ESO, Etablering på arbetsmarknaden, Företagandets villkor, immigration, Integration, Patrick Joyce

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After receiving more than 2 million asylum seekers in 2015-16, European countries are turning to the task of integrating the newcomers, including getting refugees into work. This article explores labor market integration of refugees in five Northern European countries—Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden—drawing key lessons for today from the experiences of earlier groups of humanitarian arrivals.

Joyce, P. (2018). Newcomers in the North: Labor Market Integration of Refugees in Northern Europe, Migration Policy Source, February 27th, 2018.

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Working Paper. No 308: Inspiration for integration. Labour market policies for refugees in five Northern European countries
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Joyce, P
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2018

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Ratio Working Paper

Abstract

The refugee influx in 2015 marked the largest mass movement in Europe since WWII. More than half of the arrivals applied for asylum on the northernmost edge of the continent: Germany was the top destination by far but Sweden received more asylum seekers relative to its population. The Netherlands, Norway, and Denmark also took in significant numbers. The developments in 2015 caused several of these countries to reconsider their policies on migration and integration of refugees. This paper compares the policies in these five countries after 2015 focusing on what Sweden can learn from the others.

Working Paper. No 307: Integration after 2015. What can Sweden learn from Germany?
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Joyce, P
Publication year

2018

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Ratio Working Paper

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In 2015 and 2016 almost 2.7 million asylum seekers travelled to Europe in search of protection. More than half of them, 1.4 million people, sought refuge in Germany or Sweden. Germany received the most people by far but Sweden took in more as a share of its population. The big influx of refugees induced major changes in migration and integration in both countries. This paper compares the policies on labour market integration in both countries focusing on what Sweden can learn from Germany to improve integration.

Working Paper. No 307: Integration after 2015. What can Sweden learn from Germany?
Working paperPublication
Joyce, P
Publication year

Abstract

In 2015 and 2016 almost 2.7 million asylum seekers travelled to Europe in search of protection. More than half of them, 1.4 million people, sought refuge in Germany or Sweden. Germany received the most people by far but Sweden took in more as a share of its population. The big influx of refugees induced major changes in migration and integration in both countries. This paper compares the policies on labour market integration in both countries focusing on what Sweden can learn from Germany to improve integration.

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