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A Policy Agenda for Diversity and Minority Integration

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  • Martin Kahanec
  • Klaus F. Zimmermann

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The social and labor market integration of ethnic minorities in the EU is still a major political, societal and economic challenge. Based on evidence presented in Kahanec and Zimmermann (2011), this policy paper proposes an agenda for diversity and minority integration in the European labor markets. Policies to foster the labor market and social integration of ethnic majorities can work. But they need to involve all stakeholders, including all levels of government, public and private sectors, as well as civil society organizations, combine general and targeted action in a balanced, complementary and reinforcing way, respond to the needs of the affected groups and provide open access to people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and be persistent and allow for time to become effective. Identification and transfer of good practices is essential.

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  • Martin Kahanec & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2010. "A Policy Agenda for Diversity and Minority Integration," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1091, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp1091
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    Keywords

    immigrants; ethnic minority; integration; diversity; labor market; diversity management; integration policy;

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    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
    • J78 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Public Policy (including comparable worth)

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