The Role of Argumentation and Institutions for Labour Migration in the European Union - Exemplidied by Spanish labour migration to Germany

Faculty/Professorship: Sociological Theory  
Author(s): Heimann, Christiane; Wieczorek, Oliver 
Title of the compilation: International migration : quarterly review
Publisher Information: Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell
Year of publication: 2017
Issue: First published: 13 October 2017
Pages: 17
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1111/imig.12338
This contribution will show how institutions in Spain and Germany facilitated intra-European labour mobility as a solution to a mismatch in the labour market. To this end, we have chosen the recruitment of Spanish job candidates for German employers as an example. Employing Bourdieu’s field-theoretical framework as well as expert interviews, we highlight the role of institutional agents encouraging labour migration. We analysed 30 expert interviews to gain insights from institutional agents that facilitate labour migration in the Spanish and the German labour market. Our findings show how these agents use their resources to legitimize policies and create sustainable structures steering labour migration and integration.
Keywords: labour migration, european union, economic crisis, Spain, Habitus-Fieldtheory
Type: Preprint
Year of publication: 4. December 2017