Language and qualifications: the challenges for access by immigrants to the labour market

Olivier Monso et François Gleizes, division Emploi, Insee

Immigrants are more likely to be unemployed than the rest of the population, and immigrant women are also less often present in the labour market. This is partly due to a lack of skills. However, gaps remain at an equivalent level of qualification. These are more pronounced among higher-education graduates. The qualifications of immigrants, where they exist, are rarely formally recognised in France, except for higher-education graduates. Immigrants often have difficulty with the French language, although this is not necessarily a hindrance for working. Immigrants who have a job often rely on their network of relations to find it. A minority of them report work-related discrimination. This feeling is more common among those originally from sub-Saharan Africa.

Insee Première
No 1262
Paru le : 06/11/2009