Before joining the Economic Policy unit of CEPS, Lars Ludolph was an economist at the Financial Stability and Risk Management Department of the Central Bank of Malta, where he carried out analyses of sovereign debt sustainability.
Since joining CEPS, his research has focused on EU migration and asylum policies. Lars is currently based in London, where he conducts PhD research at the London School of Economics into the effects of migration flows on local economies.
Labor market integration of refugees
Common EU migration and asylum policy
Economic impact of migration on host countries
Sovereign debt sustainability analysis
LanguagesEnglish, German, French
The challenges in asylum and migration policy require a comprehensive approach with broad support by all EU member states. In our assessment report we propose a strategy based on the concept of ‘flexible solidarity’.
Migration is the main course on the menu for tonight’s EU Summit dinner. We respectfully offer the Heads of State three starters to stimulate their appetite and thoughts before the serious discussions begin.
How can the responsibility for refugees be distributed more fairly – globally and within the EU? And how can we curb irregular migration while expanding legal immigration to the benefit of all concerned? These and other questions are addressed in the first MEDAM assessment report.
The traditionally low female labor market participation in the majority of source countries is mirrored by a large gender gap among the non-EU migrants regarding both labor market and societal integration in Europe. We therefore argue that integration efforts need to explicitly take the gender dimension into account and increase labor market integration measures specifically geared towards female migrants.
With favorable integration policies and labor market conditions, employment rates of refugees reach those of the native population in little more than a decade. This is the conclusion of the first Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM) study, based on the experiences of Bosnian refugees from the Balkan wars.