Class VII: Integrating Refugees into the Labor Market as a Collective Endeavor

Provided by Almina Bešić, Johannes Kepler University Linz

Guiding questions: How is labor market integration of refugees organized? What are challenges and lessons learnt for individuals and organizations?



Core readings

Lee, E.S., Szkudlarek, B., Nguyen, D.C., & Nardon, L. (2020). Unveiling the canvas ceiling: A multidisciplinary literature review of refugee employment and workforce integration. International Journal of Management Reviews, 22, 193-216. PDF

Bešić, A., Fóti, K., & Vasileva, V. (2022). The role and challenges of public service organisations in the labour market integration of refugees: A relational perspective analysing integration measures in Austria, Finland, Germany and Sweden. European Management Review, 1-15. PDF

Contemporary news article

Alderman, L., & Cohen, P. (2022). Fleeing war in Ukraine, They’re met with employers offering paychecks. The New York Times, 21 March.

Post-lecture assignment

Based on the slides, the background readings and podcast, compare the organizing of labor market integration for refugees entering the EU in the wake of 2015 (and subsequent) inflows with those inflows of Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion in 2022. What differences do you see across the i) institutional, ii) organisational and iii) individual level? Please summarize these differences in 400 words.

Background readings

Ager, A., & Strang, A. (2008). Understanding integration: A conceptual framework. Journal of Refugee Studies, 21(2), 166-191. PDF

Knappert, L., van Dijk, H., & Ross, V. (2020). Refugees’ inclusion at work: a qualitative cross-level analysis. Career Development International, 25(1), 32-48. PDF

Background podcast

Almina Bešić talks with Daniel Martinek from IDM Vienna about the Integration of Ukrainian Refugees in Europe.