Research Handbook on Migration and Employment

9781839107238 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Guglielmo Meardi, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy
Publication Date: July 2024 ISBN: 978 1 83910 723 8 Extent: 382 pp
This insightful Research Handbook presents a comprehensive overview of the core issues concerning the integration of migration and employment studies, highlighting the interdisciplinary and global perspectives required to understand the complexity of labour migration.

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This insightful Research Handbook presents a comprehensive overview of the core issues concerning the integration of migration and employment studies, highlighting the interdisciplinary and global perspectives required to understand the complexity of labour migration.

Guglielmo Meardi enhances often fragmented migration and employment research by bringing together a range of multidisciplinary authors including demographers, geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists and labour lawyers across the Global South and North. Contributing authors explore labour market trends, discuss regional and sectoral perspectives, and analyse the most important actors, politics and regulations in the field of migration and employment. Chapters cover key issues such as supply and demand, diversity management, trade unions and migrant workers in the care sector.

Providing statistical analysis, literature reviews, conceptual theory and practical policy, this book is a vital resource for students, researchers and academics specialising in migration, labour studies, development studies, politics and public and social policy, and sociology. It is also beneficial to policymakers and think tank professionals focusing on the international mobility of workers.
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‘The explosive growth in migration scholarship and the simultaneous proliferation of employment studies have been largely contained in distinct academic silos. With contributions from leading researchers recruited across the globe, this Handbook highlights the synergies between these two fields so as to spark an enduring dialogue. It deserves a prominent spot on the shelves of migration and employment scholars alike.’
– Ruth Milkman, City University of New York, US

‘At a time when several developed countries are reopening their doors to labor migration, this Handbook offers a series of valuable interdisciplinary and international contributions to delve deeper into the intersection between immigration and the labor market today. It will be important not only to scholars, but also to decision-makers and operators in this crucial terrain.’
– Maurizio Ambrosini, University of Milan, Italy

‘Migration is dramatically transforming our world economically, socially and politically. This long-overdue volume, admirably interdisciplinary and global in scope, distinguishes itself as the authoritative source on how international migration and employment interact.’
– Chris Tilly, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, US

Introduction 1
Guglielmo Meardi
1 Supply factors: demography, economy and skills 14
Giammarco Alderotti and Gustavo De Santis
2 Demand factors: demography, economy and innovation 27
Anne Green
3 Employment effects: replacement, substitution, complementarity and
segmentation 42
Ivana Fellini
4 Migrant segregation and labour standards 62
Guglielmo Meardi
5 The unsettling nature of immigration: labour migration, racism, and
discrimination 76
Patrick McGovern
6 Employer strategies and migration 90
Chris Forde, Zinovijus Ciupijus, Gabriella Alberti, Marketa Dolezalova,
Jiachen Shi, Ioulia Bessa, Jo Cutter, Meenakshi Sarkar and Robert MacKenzie
7 Migrant diversity: introducing the migrant diversity category to
diversity management 109
Mustafa F. Özbilgin, Cihat Erbil and Angela Dipalma
8 Institutional agencies: the new institutional foundations of the
globalised labour force 122
Stuart Rosewarne
9 Migrant business: the rise of new migrant business in Britain and beyond 137
Trevor Jones and Monder Ram
10 Trade unions and migrant workers: the challenges of inclusion 152
Stefania Marino, Heather Connolly and Miguel Martínez Lucio
11 Migrant workers in the care sector 168
Reiko Ogawa
12 Migrant workers in construction 182
Lorenzo Frangi and Gerhard Bosch
13 Migrant workers in manufacturing 199
Benjamin Hopkins
14 Migrant workers in agriculture 213
Philip Martin
15 Europe: the EU regulation of migration 233
Petra Herzfeld Olsson and Zvezda Vankova
16 Labour migration in the Americas 250
Rafael Bohlen and Ludger Pries
17 Labour migration in Africa 269
Leander Kandilige, Gorrety Yogo and Linda A. Oucho
18 Comparative labour migration policies 290
Camilla Devitt
19 The global governance of labour migration and seasonal workers 309
Daniela Comandé and Federico Siotto
20 The political, fiscal and economic effects of immigration on welfare states 324
Alexandre Afonso, Emily Wolff and Samir Negash
21 Unpacking (ir)regular labour migration 338
Anders Neergaard and Niklas Selberg
Index 359
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