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Migration and Irregular Work in Austria

Migration and Irregular Work in Austria: A Case Study of the Structure and Dynamics of Irregular Foreign Employment in Europe at the Beginning of the 21st Century

Michael Jandl
Christina Hollomey
Sandra Gendera
Anna Stepien
Veronika Bilger
Series: IMISCOE Reports
Copyright Date: 2009
Pages: 248
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    Migration and Irregular Work in Austria
    Book Description:

    This meticulously researched study of irregular migrant work in Austria holds many broader lessons for countries all over Europe. The book derives many of its fascinating insights from systematic in-depth interviews with migrants themselves. The authors demonstrate that it is no longer enough to divide the world of foreign employment into "legal" and "illegal" work. Instead, over the past few years, particularly in the context of progressive EU-enlargement in Europe, new manifestations of "irregular migrant work" have evolved. Moreover, the authors convincingly argue that irregular migrant work is based on both supply and demand, and is therefore unlikely to fade away in the foreseeable future. This title is available in the OAPEN Library -

    eISBN: 978-90-485-0638-5
    Subjects: Political Science, Sociology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-4)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 5-6)
  3. Acknowledgements
    (pp. 7-8)
  4. 1 Theoretical background
    (pp. 9-64)

    In many European countries, the relationship between migration and labour markets has become a hotly contested topic in both public and academic discourse. This is especially true when it comes to the interplay of migration and theirregularemployment of foreigners. The precise content of the arguments may vary from one European country to the other, depending on national economic structures and migration patterns, but the debate generally revolves around two main questions. The first is the elusive nature of this hidden phenomenon that hinders our understanding of the true nature of the issue and opens the door to speculative...

  5. 2 The Delphi study
    (pp. 65-110)

    This chapter summarises the results of a multi-round Delphi study on migration and irregular work in Austria, carried out between 2005 and 2006.¹ The goal of this survey was to provide in-depth expert assessments of the structure and dynamics of irregular foreign employment in Austria following the fifth enlargement of the EU in 2004. As one of several methods employed in the overall research project, the structured use of expert opinions by way of a Delphi study can provide valuable insights into irregular labour markets, the effectiveness of current or planned policy measures towards irregular foreign employment and can also...

  6. 3 Empirical results from migrant interviews
    (pp. 111-210)

    In order to get a broader picture of the meaning of irregular migrant work in Austria from an insight perspective and to get in-depth knowledge on the evolvement of labour market strategies and the impact of legal admission schemes in the context of EU enlargement, we decided to carry outproblem-centredqualitative interviews (Witzel 2000) with individuals who have first-hand knowledge themselves: migrants working irregularly. Qualitative interviews are based on the assumption that, in contrast to experts who are able to distance themselves from the subject in question, affected persons can convey their very personal and subjective perspective of a...

  7. 4 Conclusions
    (pp. 211-230)

    As stated in the introduction, our research project has aimed to contribute to improving the knowledge base in two disciplines: migration as well as labour market research. More specifically, the main objectives of the project have been as follows: to fill a major gap in Austrian migration research; to identify the main underlying factors driving and sustaining irregular migrant work; to discover fundamental patterns and structural characteristics of irregular migrant work; to identify shifts and changes in these patterns and characteristics resulting from major socioeconomic trends; to determine the impact of successive rounds of EU enlargement on irregular migrant work...

  8. Annex
    (pp. 231-232)
  9. References
    (pp. 233-245)
  10. Back Matter
    (pp. 246-248)