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Immigration, Work and Welfare

Immigration, Work and Welfare

Elena Jurado, Grete Brochmann & Jon Erik Dølvik

20 February 2013


Reconciling the complex conundrum between labour markets, welfare and immigration policies

As the financial crisis continues to cast its long shadow over Europe, the view that immigrants compete unfairly for jobs and present an unsustainable burden on the European Social Model continues to gather support in some circles.

For large sections of the European public, at a time of high unemployment and budget constraints, Europe cannot afford to further open its doors to immigrants who will add to 'low pay job competition' and present a 'burden on our welfare systems'.

At the same time, the ‘right’ type of immigrant has often been perceived as a potential cure for Europe’s sluggish labour markets and ailing welfare systems – especially immigrants who are young, easily employable and who arrive without family.

This complex conudrum between labour markets, welfare and immigration policies is at the front and centre of contemporary political and economic challenges. This new Policy Network paper is drawn from the introduction of Europe's Immigration Challenge, edited by Elena Jurado & Grete Brochmann. In the book leading immigration experts present a comprehensive cross-comparative study which sheds light on how  work, welfare and immigration policies can be developed in a more integrated fashion.

About the authors:

Elena Jurado  was Head of Research at Policy Network between 2007 and 2011. She is now Senior Consultant at ICF GHK, an international research consultancy, where she manages projects and works as an expert in the areas of migration and asylum, employment, and social policy.

Grete Brochmann is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. She was recently head of a governmental commission on International Migration and the Norwegian Welfare Model.

Jon Erik Dølvik is Head of Research at the Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research in Oslo. His main field of research is comparative, European employment relations and labour-market governance

Europe’s Immigration Challenge: Reconciling Work, Welfare and Mobility

This paper is drawn from the introduction of the new Policy Network edited volume by Jurado, E. & Brochmann, G. ‘Europe’s Immigration Challenge: Reconciling Work, Welfare and Mobility’ (I.B.Tauris, 2013).

The book is published by I.B Tauris and be purchased here.

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