Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Veronica Federico, Simone Baglioni
    Pages 1-18 Open Access
  3. Ruby Gropas
    Pages 73-93 Open Access
  4. Irina Isaakyan, Anna Triandafyllidou
    Pages 95-113 Open Access
  5. Liv Bjerre, Michelle Pace, Somdeep Sen
    Pages 135-148 Open Access
  6. Ilona Bontenbal, Nathan Lillie
    Pages 149-171 Open Access
  7. Christos Bagavos, Nikos Kourachanis, Konstantina Lagoudakou, Katerina Xatzigiannakou
    Pages 173-192 Open Access
  8. Maria M. Mexi, Paula Moreno Russi, Eva Fernández Guzman
    Pages 213-233 Open Access
  9. Francesca Calò, Simone Baglioni, Tom Montgomery, Olga Biosca
    Pages 235-258 Open 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 updated 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

  • Veronica Federico
    • 1
  • Simone Baglioni
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Legal SciencesUniversity of FlorenceFirenzeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Economics and ManagementUniversity of ParmaParmaItaly

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
  • Series Abbreviated Title IMISCOE Research Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • 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, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Migration
    Labour Law/Social Law
    Population Economics
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