New AIAS working paper: Multiple Barriers and Bridges to Work

By Tomáš Sirovátka and Els Sol


The purpose of this study is to document multiple barriers to employment among long-term unemployed (LTU) in a number of east and west European countries and the opportunities for support these countries offer to disadvantaged people. For comparison we have chosen five countries that stand for different European social models: Denmark (Scandinavian), Czech Republic (Eastern Europe), France (Continental), The Netherlands (Mixed) and the United Kingdom (Anglo-Saxon model).
The study aims to answer the following questions:
What are the key barriers to employment for LTU/social assistance recipients?
Which opportunity structures do countries offer to help disadvantaged find their way (back) into the labour market? Do these structures of opportunity correspond to the patterns of barriers to employment that these groups of people are facing?

In order to answer these questions, the study offers a quantitative analysis of the relation between barriers and LTU in the UK, France, Denmark, the Netherlands and Czech up to 2010 and – based on recent policy-relevant studies – a qualitative analysis of the type of opportunities offered in these countries for the disadvantaged to participate on the labour market and have a career (sustainable employment).

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