Migrants: social actors or submissive players?
- 26 August 2014
A new IMI / THEMIS working paper explores the role of of migrants as social actors in the labour market
Using data collection as part of the THEMIS – Theorising the evolution of European Migration Systems – project, the paper finds that despite the qualifications of migrants surveyed, migration leads to employment in the low and unskilled segments of the labour market, and limited career progression.
The paper finds that migrant workers tend to have a submissive role, instea employing individual strategies for self-improvement and to navigate the labour market. As such the potential of wider labour struggles to tackle exploitation of migrant labour within destination labour markets may be limited.