Wednesday, 2nd November 2011
Migrants, minorities, mismatch? Skill mismatch among migrants and ethnic minorities in Europe
Source: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (via Economic and Social Research Institute)
From the Foreword:
The severity of the financial and economic crisis has forced European and national policy-makers to address its immediate employment impact. Now that there are some signs of recovery, policies are increasingly combining crisis exit strategies with making progress in addressing long-term structural issues and trends, such as skill upgrading, greening and population ageing. One main concern is that once recovery is fully under way, it may be hampered by skill shortages in certain domains.
International migration is sometimes seen as a way to a better match in the supply of people with the right skills and demand for labour. Europe is currently adapting its migration policies by forging closer links between the skills migrants have and the needs of our economies. To see new migration waves as the only solution to skill shortages would be short-sighted. Substantial progress can also be made by looking at how the skills and potential of migrants and ethnic minorities already present in our societies can alleviate future skill shortages. In debates on tapping the potential of these groups the issue of recognition and validation of qualifications is a core element but there is relatively little empirical evidence on the extent to which their skills match the jobs they hold.
This study takes a detailed look into skill mismatch among migrants and ethnic minorities and reflects on other labour-market outcomes... The study is novel in three respects. First, it focuses on both migrants and ethnic minorities to obtain the most accurate picture possible with current data. Second, for the first time it provides an in-depth review of skill mismatch among these two groups in Europe and explores the factors that contribute to it. Third, the study offers several important implications that can assist policy-makers.
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