Towards Inclusive Labor Markets: Evaluating Migrant Integration Strategies in Sicily

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Author: Valentina Punzo
Page Range: 301-328
Published in: Current Politics and Economics of Europe, 34#4
ISSN: 1057-2309

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ABSTRACT

This study investigates immigrant labor integration in Sicily, highlighting its role as a focal point in Italy’s migration challenges. Amidst evolving migration patterns, including increased asylum and family reunification flows, the research scrutinizes the changing nature of immigration and its impact on Sicily’s labor market. Analyzing 104 semi-structured interviews from key public and private sector stakeholders, the study uncovers the intricate factors affecting immigrant labor integration, from labor market segmentation to the underground economy’s role. It addresses the critical balance between exploitation and the vital role of immigrant labor, pointing out the hurdles in achieving fair integration. The findings advocate for a holistic policy approach in Sicily, extending beyond labor issues to broader social inclusion, and emphasize the need for reevaluating current policies, building a unified support system, and utilizing digital platforms for better service coordination. This research enriches the understanding of Mediterranean migration dynamics and suggests more inclusive integration strategies relevant to similar migratory contexts.

Keywords: Immigrant Integration; Sicily Migration; Labor Market; Underground Economy; Migration Policy; Asylum Seekers

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