Two New Publications

The GEMM project delivers an assessment of labour market inequalities of migrants and minorities in Europe. We especially focus on highly skilled migrants to Europe, who do not always find jobs in which their skills are used most effectively. By understanding the drivers of these inequalities and determining how institutional factors account for differences between countries, we provide recommendations of great practical and policy relevance.

The GEMM project strives to produce research that is highly usable for policy makers. In order to do so, we implemented an innovative methodological framework that considers different determinants of inequality as a barrier to the smooth functioning of local labour markets.

As concrete output of our activity, we realised two publications:

1. GEMM Project in Focus: it gives information on our project and on the methodology we applied in our research [download file]

2. GEMM Policy Briefs in Focus: we highlight the most important project’s outcomes and policy recommendations  [download file]

GEMM Final Conference

26th of October, 2018: Centre de Conferences Edouard VII – Paris Opera
27th of October, 2018: Hotel Mercure Paris Opera Faubourg – Montmartre
For more information and to register for these events, please contact Mr Marco Mangiantini (GEMM Project Officer):

Conference Agenda


Contributing to the EU Economy & Society

This EU funded project addresses the challenges and barriers that European countries face in managing the mobility of persons to realize competitiveness and growth. For markets to function optimally, we identify two migration-related drivers of growth: the efficient use of existing human capital and managing mobility of human capital both from within and from outside Europe…

Research Progress


Probabilities of Employment:

EU13 migrants and economic migrants with and without a job have greater probability of employment compared to EU15 migrants while non-economic migrants do worse. The figure shows the estimated difference in the probability of employment rather than non-employment from EU-15 migrants aged 16-64, from LFS AHM 2008 and 2014, controlling for individual and contextual factors.


The Importance of Host Country Acquisitions:

While family and refugee migrants are indeed less likely to be economically integrated in European societies, their labour market chances increase substantially with further investments in the host country such as language proficiency. We find that good language skills help all migrants in finding work, but these skills are particularly important in keeping non-economic migrants from lapsing into non-employment. Having attended a language course positively affects the employment probability of refugee migrants which highlights the importance of the integration efforts of the receiving society.

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