Integrating refugees through public policy: A comparative survey experiment on hiring preferences

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Title
Integrating refugees through public policy: A comparative survey experiment on hiring preferences
Journal
Journal of European Social Policy
Author(s)
Fossati Flavia, Liechti Fabienne
Publication state
Published
Issued date
18/11/2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Language
english
Abstract
In the wake of the recent increase in the inflows of refugees to Europe, governments have made considerable investments in public policies aimed at facilitating the labour market integration of refugees. Despite these efforts, the labour market participation of refugees remains low. This situation raises the question of whether employers actually appreciate these public policies and whether refugees’ participation in specific active labour market policies (ALMPs), such as work practice or wage subsidies, increases their likelihood of being hired. In this paper, we take a novel approach and combine employers’ evaluations of specific ALMPs with their attitudes towards refugees. We argue that these labour market policies can only be successful when employers hold positive attitudes towards refugees in the first place. We investigate this question by means of a factorial survey experiment with employers in Austria, Germany and Sweden. Our results show that, indeed, employers’ evaluations of fictional refugee candidates who participated in ALMPs are influenced by their attitudes towards this group. Participation in these policy measures is regarded positively only by those employers who already hold positive attitudes towards refugees.
Keywords
Refugee, Survey Experiment, Germany, Austria, Sweden Active Labour Market Policy, Employer, Hiring
Funding(s)
Swiss National Science Foundation / Programmes
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28/08/2020 13:32
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20/11/2020 6:24
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