Ilke Adam discusses recent research results on labour market integration of refugees and ethnic minorities

A few years after the so called ‘refugee crisis’ of 2015, labour market integration of refugees becomes a pressing policy issue. In search for data-driven policy-making, research on this topic can deliver relevant input. Similarly so for the problem of ethnic inequalities on the labour market, beyond the group of refugees. Research in Belgium and beyond demonstrates that the offspring of immigrants, the so-called ‘second generation’, still does not participate equally to the labour market.  Ilke Adam was invited in two separate events to discuss recent research results on ethnic equality on the labour market. The first  event was organised by CEPS (MEDAM), on 19 April, and the second will take place on 18 June, at the Belgian Ministry for Employment (co-organised by Unia , the Belgian Equality Body). At CEPS, on 19 April, she discussed a recent study on refugee integration in the labour market, demonstrating,  amongst others, the detrimental effects of relocation policy for labour market integration. On 18 June, she will comment on the results of the most recent Belgian ‘socio-economic monitoring’, a yearly monitoring tool to evaluate ethnic equality on the Belgian labour market. This study shows, amongst others, that degrees and qualifications do not suffice for labour market integration, but that governments need to tackle direct and indirect discrimination.