SIRIUS Project Launches its Latest Open Access Book

Migrants' Integration Labour Market

Immigrant and Asylum Seekers Labour Market Integration upon Arrival: NowHereLand. A Biographical Perspective. 

The SIRIUS Consortium is happy to share the news about the release of the newest Open Access book from the 3-year collective work. This results from a multi-team effort coordinated by the editors Irina Isaakyan, Anna Triandafyllidou, and Simone Baglioni. 

The book aims to present an international analysis of migrants' labour market integration experiences. The research perspective encompasses all the actors involved in the process of labour integration, from the national decision-makers at the top level to the multitude of employers, local authorities and migrants' support organizations that work at the meso and micro levels. 

Over the nine chapters that compose the book, it is possible to find results and considerations about either the challenges or barriers that migrants, refugees and asylum seekers face in labour integration. The case studies are from Denmark, the UK, Switzerland, Canada, Italy, Finland and the Czech Republic. This international comparison allows us to comprehend the signs of progress in this field, as well as, the main limits and criticisms.

The biographical research approach permits to reveal of the voices of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the first years of their migration. As the editors explain: 

"The book rather refers the migrants’ own voice and experience to their own expert knowledge of the policy and socio-economic context that is navigated. Each chapter brings into dialogue the migrant’s intersubjective experiences with the relevant policies and practices, as well as with the relevant stakeholders, whether local government, national services, civil society or migrant organisations."

Editors Bio: 

- Irina Isaakyan is a Senior Research Associate at the Canada Excellent Research Chair (Toronto Metropolitan University). She is a qualitative sociologist and her main areas of interest are the high-skill and elite migrants, gender and identity, and diaspora and post-communist populations. 

- Anna Triandafyllidou is the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). Her main areas of research and teaching are the governance of cultural diversity, migration, and nationalism from a European and international perspective. 

- Simone Baglioni is a Professor at the Department of Economics and Management at the University of Parma. His main areas of interest are the asylum seekers' and refugees' labour integration and the migrants' economic impact on local markets. 

Other Authors: 

Claire Ellis, Dino Numerato, Francesca Calo, Katrine Sofie Bruun Bennetzen, Maria M. Mexi, Mattia Collini, Michelle Pace, Nathan Lillie, Olga Gheorghiev, Quivine Ndomo.

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