RELIGION AND ECONOMIC INTEGRATION OF IMMIGRANTS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
This paper analyses how to valorise religion within implementation of the immigrant employment policy. Europe is the only region in the world with an expected population decline in the period between 2010 and 2050. While the number of Christians in the EU is falling, the number of followers of other religions, particularly Islam, is growing. There are two main reasons for this: population fertility and migration. The matter of immigrant integration in the EU is becoming ever more important. It has become clear that, in the EU (unlike the USA), religion is seen as an obstacle to immigrant integration, and also there is an alarming unemployment rate among immigrants. The economic integration (employment) of immigrants is seen as an important requirement for the realization of sociocultural integration. Having compared attitudes to work and business within the most wide-spread religions in the EU, i.e. Christianity and Islam, it has been concluded that there are no such differences which could justify employment discrimination.
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