- Forced and labour migration in the context of neoliberal globalization
- The intersection of migration and labour on globalizing labour markets
- Transformations of labour regimes, working conditions, and labour movements
- Regulation theories
- Refugees and migrant workers in and from the Middle East and North Africa
The research is concerned with Germany's current refugee policies in view of changing labour market needs in the transition to a post-fordist economy. Entitled 'Capitalizing on Syrian refugees: Germany's refugee policies in light of labour market and welfare state transformations', it focuses on the integration of Syrian refugees on the labour market. Seen as expressive of broader neoliberal transformations of the labour market, the policies targeting refugees will be analyzed employing theories of labour regulation. These theories explore current tendencies in the way, in which states intervene in the regulation of labour, for instance by increasingly activating and flexibilizing the workforce. Using an interdisciplinary approach combining theories from human geography and political economy, the research aims at elaborating to what extent migration is an important aspect in the regulation of globalizing labour markets. The complex intersection of migration and labour regimes will be researched in the case of Syrian refugees on the German labour market based on extensive qualitative field research. Particular interest will be paid to the innovative strategies employed by labour market institutions in order to respond to the requirements of an increasingly specialized and heterogeneous labour market in knowledge- and service-oriented economies. This way the research seeks to show how refugee policies can function as a mean for labour regulation in the context of neoliberal globalization.