Landolt Thieme

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Completed research project

Title / Titel Unemployment as crisis – youth in crisis?
Insights from recent labour migration from southern Europe to Switzerland
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Summary / Zusammenfassung Outmigration has become a strategy among young people in southern European countries such as Spain where youth unemployment is about 50 %. Similarly the European Union discusses possible measures to support young people who potentially intend to migrate in order to find employment. In Switzerland, immigration of young well-educated people from southern Europe has also been increasing over the past years.
How do these young immigrants position themselves in the Swiss labour market? What role does/did the employment crisis in Spain play(ed) in the decisions they have already taken and their future plans? How do they access the labour market? What knowledge can they use in their daily working life?
Despite dominant crisis-rhetoric, people do not necessarily relate their mobility to crisis and precariousness. They rather see mobility as an opportunity to gain experience abroad and had planned for that earlier. But others also feel clearly forced to migrate due unemployment and struggle to find employment, especially matching their qualifications.

In our research we look at young southern Europeans (below 30 years old) who gained a higher education degree only recently, migrated and now work in the “first labour market” in Switzerland. Despite first work experiences, they do not perceive themselves as established already but still feel in the transition from higher education to work. The research refers to debates in youth studies on the transition from education to work as well as research on labour market integration of migrants and valuation of their capitals.
Keywords / Suchbegriffe European Union, labour migration, unemployment, youth
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Dr Sara Landolt (Project Leader)
PD Dr. Susan Thieme (Project Leader)
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
No project-specific funding
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Nov 2013 to Oct 2014