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Refugees’ Inclusion in European Workplaces


Call for submissions

For the Small Group Meeting on


March 27-28 2017 Tilburg, The Netherlands


We are pleased to call for submissions for our Small Group Meeting on Refugees’ Inclusion in European Workplaces (funded by EAWOP and Tilburg University)!

The recent stream of refugees has been dominating headlines and political agendas across Europe and elsewhere. Many refugees who have been granted asylum in a host country are looking for ways to pick up their profession. However, we know that refugees hold a disadvantaged labor market position that keeps them out of jobs altogether or in occupations with a lower status than their actual profession. In shedding light on the barriers and facilitators of refugees’ inclusion at work we will discuss programs, policies, and practices, and examine them in light of cutting-edge research on the topic. To that end, this Small Group Meeting brings together international researchers and practitioners. We aim to discuss ‘best practices’, facilitate collaborations, and point out future research directions in the field of refugees’ inclusion. As part of the agenda, we look forward to keynotes by Prof. Lisa Nishii (Cornell University, USA) and Prof. Mustafa Özbilgin (Brunel Business School, UK), research presentations, and panel discussions with employers and refugees themselves.

For this Small Group Meeting, we are looking for two types of submissions:

1.     Research: We invite researchers to submit an abstract of a study that enhances our understanding of refugees’ inclusion in European workplaces. Such studies can focus on particular barriers to refugees’ inclusion, on facilitators of refugees’ inclusion, or any other topic related to the overall theme of this Small Group Meeting.

2.     Practice: We invite practitioners to submit a short description of their expertise and experiences, for example, a practice or an example that enhances our understanding of refugees’ inclusion in European workplaces. Such practices or examples can focus on a specific ‘best practice’ that facilitates refugees’ inclusion, on examples of practices that hinder refugees’ inclusion, or any other insight stemming from practice that is related to the overall theme of this Small Group Meeting.

To submit and participate in the workshop, please REGISTER HERE by November 30th, 2016.

More information about the meeting and the location can be found HERE.

The official program will start in the morning of March 27th and will end on March 28th around lunch time, but will be followed by an optional activity in the afternoon during which we will leave campus and visit places that innovatively facilitate refugees’ inclusion.

Note that in order to submit your proposal, we immediately ask you to register for the Small Group Meeting. In mid-December, you will receive a confirmation of your registration, together with a notification whether or not your proposal is accepted. You can also register as a participant without submitting a proposal. As there are limited seats available, you will be placed on a waiting list in case the Small Group Meeting is full.

We hope to see you in Tilburg!

Lena Knappert and Hans van Dijk