February 2017 - Migration and employment

The Blue Card dilemma – Promoting a high standard of rights within a framework that is discriminatory in itself

The Blue Card Directive allows highly-skilled, non-EU workers access to EU work permits. This article looks at the reform of the Blue Card Directive as well as some of the drawbacks of the proposal from an anti-discrimination perspective.

Where refugees become hosts

In the current climate in the EU it can be difficult for refugees to find work. magdas HOTEL in Austria combats this problem by hiring refugees and focusing on maximisation of societal benefits, humanity and openness as opposed to just the maximisation of profit.

Connections: A project to prepare asylum seekers and refugees for work

Entering the job market in Luxembourg as an asylum seeker can be challenging. This article presents the “Connections” programme, which helps prepare asylum seekers and refugees to enter the job market in Luxembourg.

The Employers Sanctions Directive – a law to address exploitation of undocumented workers?

Jan Knockaert, of the Belgian Organisation for Undocumented Workers OR.C.A., presents the faults and strengths of the ‘Employers’ Sanctions Directive’ that is intended to provide minimum standards on sanctions and measures against employers of undocumented migrant workers.

Southern European countries’ approach to integration of migrants in employment: the Portuguese example

In Portugal the High Commission for Migration has worked for more than a decade on the integration of migrants. This article by Isabela Salim discusses some of the services which support the integration of migrants into the Portuguese labour market.

Migrant integration is no longer a linear process

Shortcomings in European Union laws and policies can lead to discriminatory treatment of migrant workers. In addition, political discourses and restrictive measures encourage the criminalisation of migrants.

Exploitation in ‘ethnic enclaves’: Why immigration enforcement is not the answer

Studies show that 70% of immigration enforcement action directed against businesses takes place in ethnic minority neigbourhoods. In this article Don Flynn discusses how ethnicity is a factor in immigration enforcement activity while presenting the repercussions.