The link between increasing migration, labour market dynamics and access to welfare resources are central to the debate on both immigration and integration policies of newly arrived migrants and their children. Negative views on the socio-economic effects of migration, often based on scarce scientific or empirical evidence, influence the political debate around these themes. However, little knowledge exists on the role of labour market actors in influencing immigration and integration policies and practices, as well as the migrants’ labour market positions and experiences.

Building up on the work carried out within the previous research group (Immigration, Integration and Trade Unions in Europe, IITUE), IILME aims at exploring the complexities and contradictions of the interaction between migration phenomena and labour market in a time of rapidly changing migration, integration and labour market policies. The originality of the program lies in its theoretical framework combining a tradition of industrial relations, political economy (segmented labour market) and gender studies to explore multiple inequalities (intersectionality) as well the precarization of migrant and ethnic workers on labour markets.  

Names of coordinators

The IILME Steering Committee, is composed by six members

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Names and institutional affiliations of (key) members

  • Tesseltje de Lange, University of Amsterdam
  • Asya Pisarevskaya, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Katarina Mozetič, University of Oslo
  • Per Andersson, Linköping University
  • Ferruccio Pastore, FIERI, Italy
  • Leila Giannetto, FIERI, Italy
  • Olga Jubany, Universitat de Barcelona
  • Helen Schwenken, IMIS, University of Osnabrück
  • Mai Lundemark, Uppsala University
  • Ilana Nussbaum Bitran, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Johanna Ullmann, IMIS, University of Osnabrück
  • Arjan Keizer, WEI, University of Manchester
  • Miguel Martinez Lucio, WEI, University of Manchester
  • Deborah Milly, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Micheline van Riemsdijk, Uppsala University
  • Franca van Hooren, University of Amsterdam
  • Pascal Beckers, Radboud University
  • Linn Axelsson, Stockholm University
  • Flavia Fossati, University of Lausanne
  • Rosa Lázaro, Universitat de Barcelona  

Agenda of activities

Project development meetings. The long-term aim of the IILME is to produce research which has the potential to have high impact on the academia as well as in the society as a whole. The Standing committee facilitates, supports and actively work for the preparation of research projects including small research initiatives and more ambitious grants. Meeting open to all members are regularly organized to facilitate the exchange of the ideas and the progression of the work.

Dissemination and communication activities. The IILME has a continuous and active presence during the annual IMISCOE conference. Open call and special panels are organized on annual basis and advertised trough the IMISCOE and IILME channels. Members also disseminate IILME research trough the participation to other relevant conferences and non-academic events with the aim of contributing to the social and policy debate.

Publication. The IILME facilitates and support members’ initiatives aimed at publishing in academic journals and non-academic outlets. The writing up of short-pieces and blogs is also an important part of our publication plan.

Providing supporting facilities. IILME provides support to both scholars (and especially to PhD students and early career-researchers) and stakeholders working on migration issues interested in deepening labour market related issues within their own research. This is done through several activities (e.g. the provision of a forum in which IMISCOE members can present papers and research projects and receive detailed feedbacks) but also in the long run through the organization of training activities which will also see the participation of invited experts.