Irena Kogan
Integrations policies and immigrants' labour market outcomes

Nuffield College Sociology Seminar, Oxford, June 03rd to June 04th, 2015

While substantial efforts have been made towards description of integration policies in Europe, a systematic evaluation of the effectiveness of these policies is still missing. This presentation will try to bridge this gap. Its first objective will be to examine the coverage of immigrants’ integration policies by linking MIPEX index of immigrants’ labour market mobility with the actual representation of immigrants in specific integration measures. The paper’s second objective is to assess effects of integration policies for immigrants’ labour market integration. Two policy tools to be scrutinized encompass host-country labour market training courses and labour market counselling targeting newcomers. Analyses are based on the micro-level data provided by the EULFS ad hoc module on the labour market situation of migrants. Sufficient number of cases of recent immigrants (arriving between 1998 and 2008) allowed detailed analyses for the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK, Cyprus and Portugal. Propensity score matching is applied as an analytic strategy to allow differentiating between selection into treatment (e.g., training participation) and effects of treatment for a number of labour market outcomes.