The Network IQ organised the Symposium "Business as usual? Labour Market Integration of Immigrants in Europe" at the International Metropolis Conference from September 19-21 in the Dutch city of The Hague. Policy makers, scientists, and civil society actors discussed how European countries integrate immigrants into their respective labour markets. Major issues of discussion were, amongst others: Which tools are available to countries to foster labour market integration? What good practices do European countries have and are they transferable to other member states? Finally, what impact do populist discourses have on labour market communication, and what possible counter-narratives exist?
This web documentation provides visual impressions of the lively discussions with the invited experts from Finland, Norway, Great Britain, Sweden, and Germany. A number of summaries on some of the major points of discussion are provided below as well.
Finally, a number of experts from the audience were asked to contribute to this page (see frame on the left). The question that was asked to them was: "What will be the most pressing issues in the near future in terms of migration and labour market integration? What challenges must be addressed? Which solutions are available, which ones should be developed?"
Moderation: Mihaela Vieru
"Mapping Migration Scenarios and Migrant Labour Market Policies in Europe"
"Managing Labour Market Integration in Europe"
Agnieszka Weinar, Scientific Coordinator of the Migration Policy Center
Jon Simmons, Deputy Director of Migration and Border Analysis and Research for the UK Government
Jürgen Schröder, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Fishbowl discussion with all those mentioned above and
Marta Siciarek, Director of the Immigrants support center in Gdansk
Marta Siciarek is a sinologist, psychologist
and anti-disrcimination expert
based in Gdansk, Poland.
"When the Local Level Steps In"
Local municipalities and local governments in Poland have a relatively high autonomy in creating policies and laws. This is important, since Poland’s national governments have never been active in creating migration and integration policies.
Migration policies have been adopted by the previous government in 2012, but have simply not been executed in a way that would make integration processes implementable by local governments, nor by cities, where migrants live and integration is supposed to take place in practice.
Moderation: Liam Patuzzi
"Principles of Good Practice in Labour Market Integration"
"Examples of Good Practice in Labour Market Integration"
Caroline Adolfsson, Malmo University
Rachel Marangozov, Institute for Employment Studies
Robert Koch, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (Germany)
Good Practice Finland: Shania Shin, Chamber of Commerce Helsinki
Good Practice Germany: Julia Lubjuhn, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
Good Practice Norway: Ane B. Lillehammer, Senior Advisor, Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education
Rachel Marangozov is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies, where she specializes in the labor market disadvantage of ethnic minority groups and migrant workers.
"Principles of Good Practice in Integrating Immigrants into the Labour Market"
Rachel Marangozov presented Principles of Good Practice at a workshop at the Metropolis Conference in The Hague. Her presentation drew from her experience at both the UK and EU level in evaluating employment programmes and projects targeting immigrants and refugees.
The text below elaborates on the six principles which were identified in her presentation as being key to successfully integrating immigrants into the labour market.
Moderation: Mihaela Vieru
"Understanding Populism and Post-Factual Communication in Europe"
"Countering Post-Factual Discourses: A Brainstorming Session"
Michael Hameleers is Assistant Professor in Political Communication at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
"They did it! The Pervasiveness and Persuasiveness of Populist Communication"
Populism is oftentimes regarded as a severe threat to democracy. In 2012, the former president of the European Council van Rompuy even argued that populism is the greatest threat to Europe. Despite this, millions of voters around the world are attracted to populist political parties.
The media are frequently associated with the electoral success of these parties. Is this a valid accusation? Are they playing a bigger role than simply reporting newsworthy events? Based on empirical findings, I want to stress that the media can indeed play an important role, albeit for specific groups.