Migrants in the Labor Market: Implications for TVET

  • Joyceline Alla-MensahEmail author
  • Haya Fakoush
  • Simon McGrathEmail author
  • Volker Wedekind
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Migration is increasingly being seen as a political challenge and, thus, a policy priority. Yet the integration of migrants into labor markets is a key element of the political contestations of migration. On the one hand, successful labor market integration offers the promises of wider integration into society and the prospect of migrants being net financial contributors to the host economy; on the other, xenophobia often centers on the notion of migrants “taking our jobs.” Clearly, these wider issues cannot be solved simply through TVET. The reasons for migration, immigration law, and overall labor market structure lie outside TVET’s sphere of control. Nonetheless, TVET can and does play a role in managing migration.

Conventionally, this has been largely a systemic response, focusing primarily on qualifications and certification. These do have an important role to play, but we have learned over time the limitations and costs of such approaches. In particular, opinions of employers and educational institutions regarding comparability of qualifications have proved resistant to messages of portability. We suggest that there is a need to look beneath the system level at how institutions, classrooms, and teachers can become more responsive to migration. Key issues here include language and psychosocial learning, as well as information, advice, and guidance. Migration can change classrooms and learning for the better, but vocational providers and teachers need support in capitalizing on the opportunities available.


Migration Skills Policy Qualifications 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  2. 2.School of Education, University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Pavlova
    • 1
  • Salim Akoojee
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.The Education University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong
  2. 2.University of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  3. 3.University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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