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Flexible work and immigration in Europe

Raess, D. and Burgoon, B. (2015) Flexible work and immigration in Europe. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 53 (1). pp. 94-111. ISSN 0007-1080

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12022


Immigration has risen substantially in many European economies, with far-reaching if still uncertain implications for labor markets and industrial relations. This paper investigates such implications, focusing on employment flexibility, involving both ‘external flexibility’ (fixed-term or temporary agency and/or involuntary part-time work) and ‘internal flexibility’ (overtime and/or balancing-time accounts). The paper identifies reasons why immigration should generally increase the incidence of such flexibility, and why external should rise more than internal flexibility. The paper supports these claims using a dataset of establishments in sixteen European countries.

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Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
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