Jobs for Immigrants (Vol. 1)

Labour Market Integration in Australia, Denmark, Germany and Sweden

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When immigrants arrive in a new country, they are confronted with new labour market requirements such as language proficiency, familiarity with job search procedures and work practices which they are not always able to satisfy. These obstacles affect not only new immigrants, but, surprisingly, their children too, even if the children are born and educated in the receiving country.  This publication presents reviews of the labour market integration of immigrants and their children in four OECD countries (Australia, Denmark, Germany and Sweden), and provides country-specific recommendations. Governments have a role to play in promoting language and vocational training, and encouraging diversity in the workplace. Immigrants themselves must accept the requirements of the host country employers. The viability of future migration policies, in particular greater recourse to immigration, will depend to a large extent on how successful OECD countries and immigrants are in achieving these objectives.



Key Findings on the Labour Market Integration of Immigrants

International migration is high on the policy agenda in many countries and it is generally expected that, to respond to labour shortages and the decline in the size of the working-age population, recourse to further migration will be necessary in most countries in the future. For migration to play the role expected of it in this regard, however, it is clearly necessary that the current stock of immigrants and future arrivals be integrated into the labour markets and societies of the receiving countries and be perceived as contributing to the economy and development of the host country.


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