Overzicht:

Integrating (former) asylum seekers into the Belgian labour market: What can we learn from the recent past?

TitleIntegrating (former) asylum seekers into the Belgian labour market: What can we learn from the recent past?
Publication TypeWorking Paper
AuthorsLens, D., Marx I., & Vujić S.
PublisherHerman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp
Place PublishedAntwerp
Year of Publication2017
NumberWP 17/10
Pagination40
Date Published06/2017
Abstract

This paper looks at how immigrants who arrived between 2002 and 2010 have fared in the Belgian labour market, differentiating by reason for migration. We use longitudinal data on immigrants’ employment trajectories, considering also their potential reliance on social assistance and unemployment benefits. The analysis shows that it takes (former) asylum seekers significantly longer to find work as compared to other immigrant categories. After a transition phase of low labour market participation and relatively high social assistance dependence, asylum seekers catch up to some extent, reaching levels of employment of about 50% after ten years of residence. However, asylum seekers still show higher rates of unemployment insurance and social assistance dependence as compared to other immigrant categories. In addition, asylum seekers who do work tend to do so in certain occupations and in jobs that are below their skill levels. They are also more often to be found in temporary contracts. These findings indicate the importance of heightened efforts to ensure the socio-economic integration of asylum seekers. The same holds true for family immigrants who account for the bulk of migration to Belgium and who have similar results as asylum seekers in the long run.

Citation Key6236
Universiteit Antwerpen - University of Antwerp
Centrum voor Sociaal Beleid © 2005 - 2017