SIRIUS: Skills and Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Applicants in European Labour Markets Dates: January 2018- December 2020 Funder: European Union Horizon 2020 Research Programme

Despite the polarization in public and policy debates generated by the post-2014 influxes of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, European countries need to devise an evidence-based strategy towards tackling migration and asylum issues using a constructive and sustainable approach. 

SIRIUS, builds on a multi-dimensional conceptual framework in which host country or political-institutional, societal and individual-related conditions function either as enablers or as barriers to migrants’, refugees’ and asylum seekers’ integration via the labour market. 

SIRIUS has three main objectives: 

  • To provide systematic evidence on post-2014 migrants, refugees and asylum applicants especially women and young people and their potential for labour market employment and, more broadly, social integration. 
  • To advance knowledge on the complexity of labour market integration for post-2014 migrants, refugees and asylum applicants, and to explore their integration potential by looking into their spatial distribution (in relation to the distribution of labour demand across the labour market), while taking into account labour market characteristics and needs in different countries and socio-economic contexts. 
  • To advance a theoretical framework for an inclusive integration agenda, outlining an optimal mix of policy pathways for labour market integration including concrete steps that Member States and other European countries along with the EU can take to ensure that migrant-integration policies and the broader system of workforce development, training, and employment programmes support new arrivals’ access to decent work opportunities and working conditions. 


Project Lead: Simone Baglioni

Project Team:Tom Montgomery, Francesca CaloOlga Biosca

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