Civil society organisations and labour market integration

Migrants' Integration and Civil Society

Our exploration of the latest Sirius Open Access publication today continues with Chapter 5 "Civil society organisations and labour market integration: barriers and enablers in seven European countries" 

About the Authors: 

  • Dino Numerato is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Czech Republic. Dino’s publications and research interests focus on the sociology of health and illness, civic engagement and activism, and migration.

  • Karel Čada is a Researcher in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Czech Republic. Karel’s publications and research interests focus on poverty, social exclusion and migration.

  • Karina Hoření is Researcher at Charles University, Czech Republic. Karina’s publications and research interests focus on migration, ethnic relations, social and cultural history.


This chapter discusses the role of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the labour market integration of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers (MRAs) in the selected countries addressed by the book. It examines the positions of CSOs and their perception by newcomers. Our findings suggest that CSOs can work as important actors enhancing not only integration into the labour market but also integration through the labour market. However, such a capacity is unevenly spatially distributed, Moreover, CSOs either individually or collectively, frequently raise the problematic situation of illegal practices on the part of employers, exploitation, human trafficking or underpaid wages. Furthermore, CSOs help to mitigate and, often together with MRAs, struggle against the hostile context of a widespread atmosphere of xenophobia. Although we conclude the CSOs primarily work as enablers of the MRAs’ integration in the labour market, our critical analysis also suggests that CSOs can in some nuanced ways hinder the labour market integration. Last but not least, we focus our attention on the enablers facilitating or barriers hindering the migration-related initiatives of CSOs and therefore on the process indirectly influencing MRAs’ labour market integration.

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