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The European refugee crisis of 2015 has led to a renewed surge of research into how to integrate refugees – as well as family and labour migrants – into European societies and in particular into EU labour markets. The papers in this Forum examine previous research on immigrant integration and update it with fresh data and new insights. Why do immigrants integrate better in some countries than others? Which skills have proven to be most essential for their successful integration, and what tools are available to countries to foster this integration? This Forum combines studies of the labour market integration programmes and methods used in specific countries – including a “best practice” review of the Canadian immigrant integration system – with a review of social integration measures and an analysis of Bosnian refugee integration efforts from the 1990s. While the labour market integration of immigrants will likely always remain a difficult task, the authors in this Forum hope to contribute to improving this process and consequently enriching both host countries’ economies and immigrants’ lives.

  • Integration of Refugees: Lessons from Bosnians in Five EU Countries

    Mikkel Barslund, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
    Matthias Busse, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
    Karolien Lenaerts, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
    Lars Ludolph, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
    Vilde Renman, Government Offices of Sweden

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  • Large-Scale Immigration and Labour Market Integration: First Lessons from the Recent Past in Germany

    Yuliya Kosyakova, Inst. für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung der Bundesagentur für Arbeit
    Steffen Sirries, Inst. für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung der Bundesagentur für Arbeit

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  • The Labour Market Participation of Humanitarian Migrants in Sweden: An Overview

    Pieter Bevelander, Malmö University Sweden
    Nahikari Irastorza, Malmö University Sweden

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  • Canada’s Immigration System: Lessons for Europe?

    Arthur Sweetman, McMaster University

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  • The Social Integration of Immigrants and the Role of Policy – A Literature Review

    Nadzeya Laurentsyeva, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
    Alessandra Venturini, University of Torino

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DOI: 10.1007/s10272-017-0686-3