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Integration of Immigrants in European Labour Markets

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Intereconomics - Vol. 52, September/October 2017

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Integration of Immigrants in European Labour Markets

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. 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 seeks answers to these questions, using country case studies, a review of social integration measures and an analysis of Bosnian refugee integration efforts from the 1990s.

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Additional Highlights from the Current Issue

The Puerto Rican Saga

Well before Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, Puerto Rico was already in dire financial straits. In this issue's Letter from America, Anne Krueger from Johns Hopkins University details Puerto Rico's economic stagnation and crippling debt and draws parallels to the situation in Greece. A key difference, however, is that Puerto Rico's economy is not merely in recession - it is shrinking.

The Fragility of Freedom of Movement

Intereconomics editor Cian Mulligan looks at the threat to freedom of movement caused by the Brexit vote last year. Advocates of the freedom view it as a fundamental part of the single market, while critics view it as unnecessary for the functioning of the European Union. Behind all this, 16 million people across the EU live in other member states and await clarification.

How Greece's Systemic Weaknesses Limited the Effectiveness of the Adjustment Programmes

George Galanos, Angelos Kotios and Manolis Koutoulakis examine the main systemic weaknesses of the Greek economy - structural, institutional and political - and conclude that the economic policy mix that has been implemented through the adjustment programmes focused mainly on treating the symptoms of the crisis instead of decisively dealing with its deeper causes.

Quote of the Month

As far as investors are concerned, the biggest problem of the Greek economy is policy instability, followed by high tax rates and an inefficient government bureaucracy. It should be noted that the first two problematic factors did not exist prior to the crisis.

from George Galanos, Angelos Kotios and Manolis Koutoulakis's article How Greece's Systemic Weaknesses Limited the Effectiveness of the Adjustment Programmes