From Refugees to Workers

25 January 2017

Watch a video interview with Iván Martin on the integration of refugees in the European labour market

Integrating the more than one million refugees who have come to Europe since 2015 is a key challenge for the present social peace and the future economic prosperity of the old continent. The OECD estimated that it takes 20 years for refugees to achieve the same employment rates as native workers.

In the recent study ‘From Refugees to Workers: Mapping Labour Market Integration Support Measures for Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in EU Member States’, a research team based at the Migration Policy Centre of the European University Institute in Florence assessed what EU Member States are doing to facilitate and shorten the process of labour market assimilation for recent refugees. 

Watch the main findings of the study in a video interview with former wiiw Scientific Director Michael Landesmann.


Iván Martín

Economist and part-time Professor at the Migration Policy Centre of the European University Institute in Florence as well as Visiting Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration (GRITIM) of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He is Key Expert on Labour Migration in the framework of the External Technical Expertise on Migration to DG DEVCO of the European Commission (ETEM V Project), as well as member of the Expert Group on Economic Migration created by the European Commission. In 2015 and 2016, he carried out two studies for the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament on EU labour migration policy (Exploring New Avenues for Legislation for Labour Migration to the European Union) and the ongoing reform of the EU Blue Card Directive on highly-skilled migration to the European Union. Formerly, he was Senior Research Fellow at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs-CIDOB (2014), where he was the scientific coordinator of a FP-7 project on Arab Youth; Associate Research Fellow at the Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales in Madrid (2008-2013); Research Administrator at the College of  Europe, Natolin Campus, Poland (2010-2011); Director of the Socio-Economic Forum of Casa Árabe (Arab House) and its International Institute for Arab and Muslim World Studies in Spain (2006-2008); and Associate Professor at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (2002-2006). Publications:ánMartín