Integration of female immigrants in labour market and society. Policy assessment and policy Recommendations

Dr. Maria Kontos, Dipl. Soz. Ana Violeta Sacaliuc

Gefördert durch die Generaldirektion Wissenschaft der Europäischen Kommission, im Rahmen des Programms Scientific Support for Policy

1. Februar 2006 bis 31. Januar 2008

This study explored and analysed the impact of integration policies, national and EU, on the position of migrant women who entered EU countries in the last decade, and on this basis it formulated recommendations for appropriate policy that fosters their integration and produces greater social cohesion. The focus was on social integration processes understood as participation, access and belonging. A central assumption was that integration policies should attend to the agency of the persons involved. The analysis of the integration processes therefore focused not only on barriers for social integration and on their removal, but also on the strategies and life plans of female migrants. The project employed a four stage analysis investigating: first, policies affecting the integration of female migrants; second, the migration flows as well as the demand for the labour of female migrants; third, integration processes in relation to female migrants; and fourth, processes relating to the implementation of social policies. The project employed a combination of methods: Statistical quantitative methods have been used to outline the character and forms of migration, employment and stay. However, at the core of the analysis was a biographically based and agency-sensitive policy evaluation. The analysis covered 11 national cases that comprise typical cases in relation to migration policy (highly regulated versus unregulated immigration), in relation to welfare systems (North versus South European countries) and in relation to member status in the EU (old versus new Member States).


Das Projekt war eine transnationale europäische Studie, die durch das Projektteam am Institut für Sozialforschung koordiniert wurde. Die Projektpartner waren:

Prof. Floya Anthias,
Oxford Brookes University

Prof. Mirjana Morokvasic,
Universität 10, Paris, Nanterre

Prof. Giovanna Campani,
Universität von Florenz

Prof. Krystyna Slany,
Universität Krakow

Dr. Mojca Pajnik,
Peace Institute / Ljubljana

Maria Liapi,
Zentrum für Frauenstudien /Athen

Dr. Nikos Trimikliniotis,
Intercollege / Cyprus



Anthias, Floya, Maria Kontos und Mirjana Morokvasic (Hg.) 2013: Paradoxes of Integration. Female Migrants in Europe. Dordrecht, Heidelberg, New York und London: Springer Publications.

Kontos, Maria 2013: Negotiating Social Citizenship Rights of Migrant Domestic Workers: the Right to Family Reunification and Family Life in Policies and Debates, in: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 39. 3, 409–424.

Kontos, Maria 2012: Care, Labour and Migration Policies in Germany: Implications for the Rights of Migrant Domestic and Care Workers, in: Morano-Foadi, Sonia and Micaela Malena (Hg.): Integration for Third Country Nationals in the European Union: the Equality Challenge. Cheltenham: Eduard Edgar Publishing, 167–184.

Slany, Krystyna, Maria Kontos und Maria Liapi (Hg.) 2010: Women in New Migrations in Europe. Current Debates in European Societies. Krakow: Jagiellonian University Press.

Kontos, Maria 2010: The Crisis of Care and the National Organization of Globalized Labour Markets for Domestic Work: the German Case, in: Giovanna Campani (Hg.): Gender and Globalization. Turin: ETS Editions. (in italienischer Sprache).

Kontos, Maria 2008: Women’s Migration and Work in Greece. A Biographical Analysis. In Nina-Pazarzi, Eleni (Hg.) Female Employment in Greece. Piraeus: Research Centre of the University of Piraeus, 18–46 (in griechischer Sprache).

Kontos, Maria 2008: Der Mythos der Integrationsunwilligkeit von Migrantinnen: Ungereimtheiten der aktuellen Integrationspolitik, Ii: Hessisches Sozialministerium (Hg.): Potenziale von Migrantinnen. Rolle der Frauen im Integrationsprozess. Wiesbaden, 32–43.