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Skilled workers of the future or marginalized in the long term? Integration of marginally qualified refugees

Stiftung Mercator (2020-2022)

Europe experienced a massive inflow of refugees between 2014-18. Hereby, their successful labor market integration is key for economic and social inclusion. Yet, only a minor fraction of refugees is s working (21%) and if so, they are mostly working in unskilled jobs. We believe that vocational training can work as a door opener to a sustainable and well-paid job long term. Yet, only a minor fraction of refugees participates in vocational training (6 %) and the knowledge about the obstacles preventing refugees to participate in vocational training is limited. The project wants to find out more about that and take a look at the demand side of the labor market with the help of a discrete choice experiment, which will allow to causally estimate the determinants of a hiring decision for refugees for an apprenticeship.