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Lecture | Leiden Interdisciplinary Migration Seminar (LIMS)

Temporary Employment and First-Generation Migrants in the Netherlands

Tuesday 8 September 2020
Leiden Interdisciplinary Migration Seminars 2020-2021
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LIMS talk by Giacomo Boffi (Leiden University, Economics & Governance of Migration), entitled 'Temporary Employment and First-Generation Migrants in the Netherlands'.


The Leiden Interdisciplinary Migration Seminars (LIMS) aim at fostering further discussion across disciplines on migration-related topics and creating an open dialogue between the speakers and the attendees. The seminars are a platform for those at Leiden University working on migration-related topics.


In the ten years 2008-2017, the Netherlands has seen the highest rise in flexible workers among EU countries. Temporary forms of employment allow both the employee and the employer to manage their work relationship with more flexibility and, in the longer-term, they should act as a trampoline to more permanent occupations. However, they can also create a more fragile labour market, with marginalized workers who are trapped in a loop of temporary jobs and have little career perspectives. Previous studies have shown that migrants are one of the population groups most at risk of social exclusion in flexible labour markets.

By using the survey-based LISS Panel Data 2008-2017 for the Dutch population, I research whether first-generation migrants in the NL are more likely to be temporarily employed than natives, and what the possible mechanisms that explain migrants’ involvement in temporary jobs are. The findings show that first-generation migrants are significantly more likely to be temporarily employed than natives, with a particularly strong effect for migrants with a non-western migration background. Dutch language problems emerge as the mechanism influencing a migrant’s chances of being temporarily employed the most; having a higher education and more social contacts appear instead to be irrelevant.

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