Female employment and migration in European countries: Introduction to the Special Issue





Europe, female employment, gender roles, labor market integration, migration


Objective: This chapter introduces the reader to the Special Issue "Female Employment and Migration in European Countries".

Background: While there is a large body of research on the labour market performance of male migrants, women’s employment behaviour after migration has only recently moved into the focus of attention.

Method: This Special Issue draws on various research methods and data sources, including register, census, and survey data. Some of the studies focus on specific national contexts, such as the German, Spanish, Dutch, and Belgian situations. Other studies compare female migrants across European countries and between origin and destination countries.

Results: The contributions in this Special Issue help to disentangle the complex interplay of socio-economic factors, family and fertility behaviour, gender role attitudes, and institutional constraints and policies that shape the employment behaviour of migrant women after they migrate.

Conclusion: In many European countries, the employment rates of first-generation female migrants, and particularly those of women from non-EU countries of origin, lag behind the employment rates of native women. While prior research has often reported that socio-economic and cultural factors play a role in shaping the employment behaviour of female migrants, the contributions in this volume also emphasise the strong relevance of institutional factors in the receiving country, including migration, family, and labour market policies.




How to Cite

Kreyenfeld, M., Diehl, C., Kroh, M., & Giesecke, J. (2021). Female employment and migration in European countries: Introduction to the Special Issue. Journal of Family Research, 33(2), 230–251. https://doi.org/10.20377/jfr-700