1st Edition

The Integration of Refugees in the Education and Labour Markets Between Inclusion and Exclusion Practices

    200 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book sheds light on the improvements and downfalls over time in two of the five indicators of refugee integration after the post-Arab Spring migration/refugee crisis, namely education and employment.

    Within the context of the need for a common policy response in the field of migration governance, it includes case studies from first-line immigration countries of the Mediterranean region. The book also reflects on the situation in Central Europe, Scandinavia, and Africa and considers the perspectives of different actors, including migration and integration governance stakeholders, NGOs, governments, refugees, and others. Covering a wide geographical spectrum and a diverse spectrum of integration experiences and models, it reveals collaboration between different actors and how they operated simultaneously on regional, national, and international levels in order to achieve the inclusion of refugees in the host communities.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of migration studies, social policy, public policy, international relations, European studies, law, economics, and sociology.

    1. Why do education and the labour market matter for the successful integration of asylum seekers and refugees?: Introductory remarks

    Karolina Sobczak-Szelc, Marta Pachocka, and Justyna Szałańska

    Part I: The Integration of Refugees in Education

    2. Parental and professional perspectives on educational integration of migrant and refugee children in Ireland

    Shirley Martin, Deirdre Horgan, Reana Maier, and Jacqui O’Riordan

    3. Young refugees and asylum-seekers in Catalonia: An analysis of the implementation of policies and programmes for their social inclusion

    Mara Gabrielli and Jordi Pàmies

    4. Young refugees' participation in post-compulsory education: Mapping policies, challenges and ways forward in mainland Greece

    Lucy Hunt

    5. The patterns of housing support and school segregation practices affecting asylum-seeking minors in Athens

    Vasiliki (Vily) Mylona

    6. Negotiating "home"?: Education in the reconstructed place and spaces of Dadaab refugee "city-state"

    Urszula Markowska-Manista

    7. Integration policy – state’s failure, local authorities’ success: Preparatory classes for the integration of migrant and refugee children

    Patrycja Matusz and Ryszard Balicki

    Part II: The Integration of Refugees in the Labour Market

    8. What makes teachers stay?: Motivating factors of teachers of refugees in Lebanon

    Giulia Clericetti

    9. The integration of refugees into the Swedish labour market: Intersectionality and the mechanisms used for employment

    Manuela Prifti

    10. Obstacles to the labour market integration of highly skilled refugees in Sweden

    Micheline van Riemsdijk

    11. What is Turkey missing in transitioning Syrian refugees from informal into formal employment?

    Selin Siviş

    12. Syrian Women, the labour market and entrepreneurship in Istanbul: Hardships and challenges

    Miray Erinc Oztas

    13. Concluding remarks

    Karolina Sobczak-Szelc, Marta Pachocka, and Justyna Szałańska


    Karolina Sobczak-Szelc is an Assistant Professor at the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw, and the Centre for Advanced Studies of Population and Religion, Cracow Economic University.

    Marta Pachocka is Co-coordinator of the Laboratory of Urban and Regional Migration Policies at the Centre of Migration Research (CMR) of the University of Warsaw (UW) and former Head of the Migration Policies Research Unit at CMR (2018–2022); Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies, the Institute of International Studies of the Collegium of Socio-Economics of SGH Warsaw School of Economics.

    Justyna Szałańska is an affiliate at the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw.