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3rd INFER Workshop on International Economics: Migration and labour markets in the light of the social sciences

From: 2005-03-18 to: 2005-03-18
Place: Saarbrücken, Germany

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Thematic area

The interplay between migration and labour markets is an important current issue for the societies of industrial countries. Immigrants are active as employees, employers and self-employed on the labour markets; they contribute to and benefit from public social programmes, and their social integration or segregation is reflected in their position on the labour markets. At the same time, labour market structures can be essential determinants of a decision for or against migration. The current relevance of the topic, e.g. for the German society, becomes evident in mass-media reports virtually every day.

The topic "migration and labour markets" is not only a core issue of economic theories but also a matter of debate in most neighbouring social scientific disciplines. In these disciplines, there are common ideas (with different accents, though) as well as fundamental differences alike in approaching the issue. An in-depth analysis aiming at politically relevant conclusions can, therefore, only be carried out within an interdisciplinary approach.

Aim of the workshop

The aim of the workshop was to present and compare current approaches of the social scientific disciplines as to the topic "migration and labour market". The contributions of the workshop put focus on the main approaches from the viewpoint of each discipline.


* Prof. Dr. Lothar Funk (University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf and Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln, Germany) and Dr. Matthew Allen (Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, United Kingdom) (Economics):

Topic: Migration to Western Europe: challenges, economic effects, policy response

* Irena Kogan (Sociology), University of Mannheim, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, Germany

Topic: The role of host countries' institutional characteristics in the labour market success of immigrants in the European Union

* Dr. Holger Kolb (Political Science), Universität Osnabrück, Institut für Migrationsforschung und Interkulturelle Studien (IMIS), Germany

Topic: Client Politics and Labour Migration Outcomes

* Dr. Martin Wolburg (Economics), AMB Generali Asset Managers, Cologne, Germany:

Topic: On Brain Drain and Brain Gain

Publication of papers

The papers presented at the workshop will be published in a conference volume by the International Network for Economic Research (INFER).

Organisation of this workshop

Dr. Henrik Egbert,
Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany

Clemens Esser,
INFER and Institut Finanzen und Steuern, Bonn, Germany



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