The labour market integration of third-country nationals in the EU (EMN)

This EMN study examines the measures in place in the Member States and Norway to facilitate the integration of third-country nationals on the labour market. The study also identifies good practices from public and private actors.



The effective integration of migrants into the labour markets of EU countries is a key challenge. While unemployment rates have been decreasing steadily since 2014, the gap between unemployment rates of third-country nationals and that of native and EU-born remains. The study, “Labour Market Integration of Third-Country Nationals in EU Member States”, focuses on first generation migrants legally staying in EU countries, who have the right to work.


Key learning points of the study include:

  • integration programmes are more successful with long-term structural national funding
  • setting clear targets for the impact of integration measures rather than the effectiveness of implementation helps identify good practices and evaluate initiative
  • the private sector is a valuable complement to public sector integration measures; while the public-sector focuses on providing skills to find employment (such as how to search for a job), the private sector focuses on measures integrating migrant workers to workplaces, such as training and enhancing intercultural relations



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Wed 20 Feb 2019
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