Time and Highly Skilled Family Migrants in Belgium

Activiteit: Talk or presentation at a workshop/seminar


An analysis of the role of time in the labour market integration of family migrants in Belgium. A preliminary analysis of how time becomes a site of agency, based on interviews with family migrants who arrived in Belgium between 2012 and 2021. We see that migration policies cause a significant pause in the labour market trajectories of women. However, the duration appears to be shortening over time - women who arrived prior to 2015 take a minimum period of 3 years before returning to university or finding work, women post-2015 began reskilling or labour market trajectories within the first 18 months and women who arrived after 2020 immediately begin labour market pathways. While there have been some policy changes in Belgium during this period, including the implementation of the Single Permit Directive, analysis shows that information and experience sharing among networks of women have made migrants far more aware of labour market hurdles, sites of discrimination for non-EU job seekers and avenues with a higher likelihood of employment. Following this, family migrants with higher levels of education often come ready to embark on labour market trajectories soon after migration.
Periode30 jun 2022
Evenementstitel19th IMISCOE Annual Conference: Temporalities of Mobility, Governance, and Resistance
LocatieOslo, Norway
Mate van erkenningInternational