Welfare Regimes and Labour Market Integration Policies in Europe

welfare regimes for migrants

This week we present Chapter 4 from the latest SIRIUS Open Access publication "Migrants and Refugees in Europe. Work Integration in Comparative Perspective". 

About the authors: 

  • Nathan Lillie is Professor of Social and Public Policy at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Nathan’s publications and research interests focus on trade union strategy, labour mobility and trade union relations with migrant workers.

  • Ilona Bontenbal is Project Researcher and PhD student in Social and Public Policy at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Ilona’s publications and research interests focus on migration, social and economic remittances, and labour market integration.

  • Quivine Ndomo is Project Researcher and PhD student at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Quivine’s publications and research interests focus on labour market institutions and the migrant labour force.



This chapter discusses migrant labour market integration policies and services in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Finland, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and thus we present a wide variety of different national contexts. In addition, it also details EU-specific policies and programmes.

The empirical work underpinning this chapter emanates from two main research tasks: policy discourse analysis; and assessment of existing policies and their outcomes. A policy discourse analysis was conducted across the selected countries to identify and analyse how issues of labour market integration are discussed by policymakers and policy actors. By analysing the findings of the discourse analysis together with the assessment of policies, which forms the second part of chapter, the consistency between policy rhetoric and policy goals is evaluated. The second part of the chapter consists of a policy assessment in which the barriers to labour market integration and existing policies to remedy them are identified, categorised and evaluated. This was performed using a meta-analysis of the existing national literatures, and interviews with policy experts, implementers and beneficiaries of labour market integration policies.


Please find this chapter and all the rest of the Open Access publication at this link https://bristoluniversitypressdigital.com/display/book/9781447364535/ch…