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Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers’ Integration in European Labour Markets

A Comparative Approach on Legal Barriers and Enablers

  • This open access book analyses migration statuses related to labour markets

  • Discusses labour market integration in connection with migration and asylum

  • Adopts a legal framework analysis approach

Part of the book series: IMISCOE Research Series (IMIS)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Europe’s Legal Peripheries: Migration, Asylum and the European Labour Market

    • Veronica Federico, Simone Baglioni
    Pages 1-18Open Access
  3. Migrant Integration and the Role of the EU

    • Ruby Gropas
    Pages 73-93Open Access
  4. “Enchanted with Europe”: Family Migration and European Law on Labour-Market Integration

    • Irina Isaakyan, Anna Triandafyllidou
    Pages 95-113Open Access
  5. Accessing the Danish Labour Market: On the Coexistence of Legal Barriers and Enabling Factors

    • Liv Bjerre, Michelle Pace, Somdeep Sen
    Pages 135-148Open Access
  6. Legal Issues Affecting Labour Market Integration of Migrants in Finland

    • Ilona Bontenbal, Nathan Lillie
    Pages 149-171Open Access
  7. Between Reception, Legal Stay and Integration in a Changing Migration Landscape in Greece

    • Christos Bagavos, Nikos Kourachanis, Konstantina Lagoudakou, Katerina Xatzigiannakou
    Pages 173-192Open Access
  8. ‘Fortress’ Switzerland? Challenges to Integrating Migrants, Refugees and Asylum-Seekers

    • Maria M. Mexi, Paula Moreno Russi, Eva Fernández Guzman
    Pages 213-233Open Access
  9. Regulating Fortress Britain: Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Applicants in the British Labour Market

    • Francesca Calò, Simone Baglioni, Tom Montgomery, Olga Biosca
    Pages 235-258Open Access

About this book

This open access book discusses how, and to what extent, the legal and institutional regimes and the socio-cultural environments of a range of European countries (the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Italy, Switzerland and the UK), in the framework of EU laws and policies, have a beneficial or negative impact on the effective capacity of these countries to integrate migrants, refugees and asylum seekers into their labour markets. The analysis builds on the understanding of socio-cultural, institutional and legal factors as “barriers” or “enablers”; elements that may facilitate or obstruct the integration processes. The book examines the two dimensions of integration being access to the labour market (which, translated into a rights language means the right to work) with its corollaries (recognition of qualifications, vocational training, etc.), and non-discriminatory working conditions (which, translated into a rights language means right to both formal and substantial equality) and its corollaries of benefits and duties deriving from joining the labour market. It thereby offers a novel approach to labour market integration and migration/asylum issues given its focus on legal aspects, which includes most recent policy changes and legal decisions (including litigation cases). The robust, evidence-based and comparative research illustrated in the book provides academics and students, but also practitioners and policy makers, with up to date knowledge that will likely impact positively on policy changes needed to better address integration conundrums.


  • Open access
  • European labour markets
  • Fundamental rights protection
  • Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland Greece, Italy, Switzerland, UK
  • EU laws and policies
  • Migrants, refugees and asylum applicants (MRAAs)
  • Labour market integration of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers
  • migration and integration
  • labour conditions
  • socio-cultural labour environment
  • Labor market

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Legal Sciences, University of Florence, Firenze, Italy

    Veronica Federico

  • Department of Economics and Management, University of Parma, Parma, Italy

    Simone Baglioni

About the editors

Veronica Federico is Associate Professor in Public Comparative Law with the Department of Legal Studies of the University of Florence, Italy. Professor Federico obtained her PhD in 2005 at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France. Her research interests include migration studies and fundamental rights; African comparative law; democratic transitions; French constitutional Law and politics; and citizenship. 

Simone Baglioni is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Economics and Management at the University of Parma, Italy. He has held academic positions at several European universities (Milan Bocconi, Florence, Geneva, Glasgow Caledonian, and Neuchatel). Professor Baglioni research interests focus on labour migration, youth employment, precarious work, civil society and collective action. He is the coordinator and PI of the Horizon 2020 SIRIUS project (Skills and integration of migrants, refugees and asylum applicants in European countries).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers’ Integration in European Labour Markets

  • Book Subtitle: A Comparative Approach on Legal Barriers and Enablers

  • Editors: Veronica Federico, Simone Baglioni

  • Series Title: IMISCOE Research Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-67283-6

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-67286-7

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-67284-3

  • Series ISSN: 2364-4087

  • Series E-ISSN: 2364-4095

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 258

  • Number of Illustrations: 10 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Human Migration, Labour Law/Social Law, Population Economics

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 29.99 USD 49.99
40% discount Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 29.99 USD 59.99
50% discount Price excludes VAT (USA)