International migration policies and data

Jobs for Immigrants (Vol. 2): Labour Market Integration in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Portugal


ISBN Number: 978-92-64-03617-8

Publication Date: November 2008

Pages: 334

Press releaseForeword | Table of contents

Integration policy for immigrants and their children is high on the policy agenda in many OECD countries. This is due to a number of factors. Firstly, many immigrants have arrived in OECD countries over the past decade, often for reasons other than employment. Facilitating their integration into the labour market has become a key policy priority. At the same time, many OECD countries expect that a greater recourse to immigrants may be necessary to tackle labour shortages in the context of demographic ageing. For this to be a feasible and sustainable policy option, immigrants have to be well integrated into the economy and society in the host countries. Labour market integration, in the sense of good employment and career prospects, plays a crucial role here. Finally, there is growing concern over the education and labour market outcomes of their children, who are now entering the labour markets in larger numbers.

This volume, the second one in the OECD’s Jobs for Immigrants series, describes and assesses the experiences of four OECD countries (Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Portugal) with respect to the integration of immigrants and their children into the labour market.

In this edition:

• Chap I: Main findings on the labour market integration of immigrants and their children

 Labour market integration of immigrants and their children in:
• Chap II: Belgium

• Chap III: France

• Chap IV: Netherlands

• Chap V: Portugal



 Belgium Summary  Recommendations

France_small France  Summary  Recommendations

Netherlands_small Netherlands Summary  Recommendations

Portugal_small Portugal  Summary  Recommendations


 ...that low-educated immigrants tend to have higher employment rates than low-educated native-born?

 …that immigrants are disproportionately affected by unfavourable economic conditions?

 …that earlier arrival of children of immigrants contributes to their long-term integration?

 …that children of immigrants have more difficulties in finding employment, even when they are qualified?

…that early labour market access is crucial for long-term labour market integration?

 …that second generation women tend to often fare better than immigrant women in education and employment, but still lag behind the children of natives?



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