Thursday, March 13, 2014
The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) today launched the first in a series of case studies evaluating the labor market trajectories of new immigrants in Europe and their ability to ascend into middle-skilled jobs, examining the incorporation of foreign-born workers in the Czech Republic. The research project, conducted with funding from the European Union and in collaboration with the International Labour Office (ILO), is comprised of two phases. The first evaluates the conditions under which new immigrants can find jobs and progress out of unskilled work in the first decade after their arrival. The second phase will analyze the integration and workforce development, training and employment policies and programs that can best support new arrivals' access to middle-skilled jobs.
The six case study countries are the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. In the first country case study, released today, A Tumultuous Decade: Employment Outcomes of Immigrants in the Czech Republic, economist Daniel Münich examines the immigrant workforce in the Czech labor market—a workforce that remains smaller than most western European countries but has more than doubled since 2000.