Investigating the Role of Policies in Refugees’ Economic Integration: Potentials and Challenges of Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Ms. Asya Pisarevskaya , University of Milan/University of Turin

The aim of this seminar is to give an overview of approaches to researching the role of policies that support the economic integration of humanitarian migrants, highlighting gaps in this topic. In clarifying the role of policies on economic integration, empirical studies have either provided detailed accounts of the tools implemented by governments and NGOs or tested the causal power of single provisions to the economic achievements of humanitarian migrants. The results of the studies in the former stream are rich, yet - especially when they challenge theoretical expectations - can hardly be generalized. Those from the latter research stream can claim wider validity for their findings yet often leave underexplored the complexity of the factors affecting refugees’ economic integration. I suggest that new light can be shed on the question of how policies shape economic integration of refugees by using an approach that allows enough complexity of policy causes and yet provides a systematic basis for cross-country comparison. The suggested research design aims at configurations of ‘insufficient-but-necessary’ and ‘unnecessary-but-sufficient’ policy instruments that facilitate or hinder economic adaptation of forced migrants.

About the speaker
Asya Pisarevskaya is a PhD student in Sociology and Methodology at the Universities of Milan and Turin, Italy and is pursuing her research within the Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Science. The topic of Ms. Pisarevskaya’s research relates to the compositional effects of asylum and refugee policy instruments on economic integration of protected humanitarian migrants in European countries.

Venue: Room 1.23

Date: 12 October 2016

Time: 12:30 - 13:30


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