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Exploring employer attitude towards migrant workers: Evidence from managers across Europe
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration. Mälardalens Högskola.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8185-6879
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8123-5730
(English)In: Evidence-based HRM: A global forum for empirical scholarship, ISSN 2049-3983Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Migrants play an essential role in economic and societal outcomes of the host society, both as members of the workforce and as citizens. However, integration and finding employment after migration remain critical issues. This study employs an evidence-based quantitative approach to identify migrant workers’ most important qualifications from an employer perspective and to explore factors that influence employer perception of migrants. Methodology: This study uses European Social Survey data that contains responses from managers in European countries in 2014 (n=2828) and 2016 (n=3014). Confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modelling are used to analyse the data.

Findings: For managers, migrants’ commitment to the host country’s way of life is more important than their job skills, educational level, and language proficiency. The effects of managers’ individual characteristics, including demographics, expectancies, and personal values, on their general attitude towards migrants are also quantified.

Practical implications: The study’s outcomes can assist migrants to develop the qualifications most valued by employers, and allow policymakers to integrate the organizational perspective into policies and initiatives for integration of migrant labour.

Originality/value: Through HR practices, organizations significantly affect migrants’ career outcomes. Yet research on migrant workers from an organizational and managerial perspective is limited. This study identifies migrant workers’ most important qualifications from an employer perspective. It also explores which individual characteristics most influence organizational decision-makers’ perception. Utilizing a cross-cultural and longitudinal dataset provides a unique opportunity to generate generalizable findings.

Keywords [en]
migrant worker, attitude towards migrants, personal values, European labour market, European Social Survey, employment
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Business Administration
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Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-164308DOI: 10.1108/EBHRM-04-2019-0040OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-164308DiVA, id: diva2:1364846
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2017-00285Available from: 2019-10-22 Created: 2019-10-22 Last updated: 2019-10-22

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