Quotation Latzke, Markus, Eggenhofer-Rehart, Petra. 2017. Refugees in Europe: Careers and labor market integration (Organizers of Presenter Symposium, Winner of the Career Division 2017 Best Symposium Award). 77th Academy of Management Meeting, Atlanta, GA, Vereinigte Staaten/USA, 04.08.-08.08.2017.




This symposium explores core issues of refugees‘ labor market integration in Europe. While career, HRM and cross-cultural issues of self-initiated and assigned expatriation have long been in the focus of management scholars, research on refugees as a particular migrant group is still scarce, yet strongly needed due to an overwhelming influx of refugees into European countries over the last few years. Thus, using quantitative survey data and qualitative data from interviews with refugees of different origin and organizational representatives, the papers included in this symposium identify and discuss particular challenges refugee job seekers face, including encountered migration stress and identity threats, structural labor market barriers, and devaluation of career capital. The symposium also focuses on refugees‘ and various stakeholders‘ strategies to manage these challenges. Paper 1 addresses threats to refugees‘ identities and coping responses, and how these facilitate refugees’ personal and work-related growth. Paper 2 explores how refugees seek to make use of, and to renegotiate the value of, their existing career capital and what strategies they employ to build new career capital. Paper 3 quantitatively examines the extent to which refugees’ individual-level human, social and psychological capital interact with perceived labor market barriers in affecting job search intensity. Paper 4 investigates how migration stress influences refugees’ vocational behavior, how refugees cope, and what role social support plays in this process. Paper 5 explores relevant factors on three conceptual levels: contextual, organizational and individual. Together, these papers provide fine-grained insights into the particular challenges to refugees’ labor market integration and into strategies to successfully address these challenges at the individual, organizational, and societal level.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Refugees in Europe: Careers and labor market integration (Organizers of Presenter Symposium, Winner of the Career Division 2017 Best Symposium Award)
Event 77th Academy of Management Meeting
Year 2017
Date 04.08.-08.08.2017
Country United States/USA
Location Atlanta, GA


Latzke, Markus (Details)
Eggenhofer-Rehart, Petra (Details)
Interdisciplinary Institute for Management and Organizational Behavior IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5502 Occupational-, industrial psychology (Details)
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