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Turning points in migrants’ labour market integration in Europe and benefit spillovers for Romania and Serbia: the role of socio-psychological credentials


  • Gra?iela Georgiana Noja

    () (West University of Timisoara, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, East European Center for Research in Economics and Business, 16 Pestalozzi Street, 300115 Timisoara, Romania.)

  • Nebojša Petroviæ

    () (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, Èika-Ljubina 18-20, 11000 Beograd, Serbia)

  • Mirela Cristea

    () (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Center for Banking and Financial Research, 13 A I Cuza Street, 200585 Craiova, Romania)


In this article we develop a two-fold analysis which captures the economic and socio-psychological coordinates in migrants’ labour market integration into ten EU countries (EU-10), mostly targeted by immigrants (namely: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Italy and Spain). The focus is on revealing the importance of socio-psychological credentials for an active labour market participation of immigrants, aiming to extrapolate factors (timespan 2000-2019), which can foster or complicate similar process in the future. Beside total immigration flows, we particularly entail the benefit spillovers for Serbia and Romania in their migration challenges towards EU-10. A set of methods and macro-econometric models, based on spatial analysis, crosssectional analysis and structural equations modelling, was applied on the balanced panel formed by EU-10. The results highlight that an increased participation in society, community and improved living standards satisfaction (subjective wellbeing) positively reverberate on migrant integration into host economies since it tends to upsize the employment rate of the foreign population. The opposite, a negative impact is induced by social exclusion and reduced job security, while material deprivation also significantly diminishes the employment opportunities of foreign population and their active labour market integration.

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  • Gra?iela Georgiana Noja & Nebojša Petroviæ & Mirela Cristea, 2018. "Turning points in migrants’ labour market integration in Europe and benefit spillovers for Romania and Serbia: the role of socio-psychological credentials," Zbornik radova Ekonomskog fakulteta u Rijeci/Proceedings of Rijeka Faculty of Economics, University of Rijeka, Faculty of Economics, vol. 36(2), pages 489-518.
  • Handle: RePEc:rfe:zbefri:v:36:y:2018:i:2:p:489-518

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    immigrants; labour market integration; unemployment; European strategies; macro-econometric modelling;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • F63 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Economic Development
    • H19 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Other
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity


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