DP8213 An Expert Stakeholder’s View on European Integration Challenges

Author(s): Amelie Constant, Martin Kahanec, Klaus F Zimmermann
Publication Date: January 2011
Keyword(s): attitudes, ethnic minorities, immigrants, labor market, opinions
JEL(s): J15, J71, J78
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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The standard approach of analysing gaps in social and labor market outcomes of different ethnic groups relies on analysis of statistical data about the affected groups. In this paper we go beyond this approach by measuring the views of expert stakeholders involved in minority integration. This enables us to better understand the risk of minority exclusion; the inner nature of discrimination, negative attitudes and internal barriers; as well as the ethnic minorities’ desires and perceptions about which approaches are better than others in dealing with integration challenges. Main findings are that ethnic minorities do want to change their situation, especially in terms of employment, education, housing and attitudes towards them. Insufficient knowledge of the official language, insufficient education, discriminatory attitudes and behavior towards ethnic minorities as well as institutional barriers, such as citizenship or legal restrictions, seem to constitute the key barriers to their social and labor market integration.