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Jobs for Immigrants (Vol. 4)

Labour Market Integration in Italy

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Until the mid-1990s, the share of migrants in Italy was relatively low in international comparison. With a persistent demand for foreign workers in low-skilled and low-paid jobs, the proximity of conflict areas and the enlargement of the European Union to Romania and Bulgaria in 2007, migration to Italy increased rapidly over the last 15 years. This report presents an overview of the skills and qualifications of immigrants in Italy, their key labour market outcomes in international comparison, and their evolution over time, given the highly segmented Italian labour market and its high share of informal jobs.

It analyses the framework for integration and the main integration policy instruments. Special attention is paid to funding issues and to the distribution of competences between national and sub-national actors. Finally, this report reviews the integration at school and the school-to-work transition of the children of immigrants

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Executive summary

Italy is among the OECD countries that have experienced the largest flows of immigrants since 2000, both in absolute levels and as a percentage of the total population. While migration consisted initially mainly of low-skilled labour migrants, family reunification has more recently led to a large settled immigrant population, proportionately younger than the native Italian population, and to a growing number of native-born offspring of immigrants.

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