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​Global and Local Dimensions of Migration

Anja Marcher speaks at international migration conference in Moscow

Strong relational linkages among actors in rural mountain communities may facilitate access to the labor market for asylum seekers. This is one result of a study conducted in 2017, which was recently presented by Anja Marcher at an international conference in Moscow​ dealing with global and local dimensions of migration.

Anja MarcherResearcher at the Center for Advanced Studies of Eurac Research, recently contributed to the international conference "Global and Local Dimensions of Migration", organized by the Institute of Linguo-Civilizational and Migration Processes (Russkiy Mir Foundation) and the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

In her keynote "The local dimension of forced migration – Labor integration of asylum seekers. A case study of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano (Italy)" Marcher discussed the impact of territorial distributions of asylum seekers through the analysis of two rural mountain municipalities in the northeast Italian Alps in the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, South Tyrol in which reception facilities have been established in 2015 and 2016. She provided empirical insights into the functioning of the reception system and governance in these communitites.

As Marcher pointed out, strong ties of the local advisors and center coordinators with the actors of the local reality and beyond were a major factor in supporting integration and facilitating access to the labor market. These single actors were central intermediaries between the local population and the asylum seekers and seemed to be indispensable for obtaining a job and facilitate integration during the asylum application process and improve social embeddedness. Volunteers made also a significant contribution in this context. Furthermore, the low numbers of asylum applicants within the reception facilities made it easier for locals to experience the integration process positively and thus increased their acceptance of the newcomers. The basis of her presentation, the study "Social and Labor Integration of Asylum Seekers in Rural Mountain Areas - A Qualitative Study", was first published together with Ingrid Kofler and Thomas Philipp Streifeneder in the Journal "Mountain Research and Development" and is available as open source.

Picture: Anja Marcher, Researcher at the Center for Advanced Studies at Eurac Research (second from right) with the key speakers at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. ​

Credits: Hans Dietrich Loeffelholz von Colberg

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