Skilled Migrant Women's Experiences of the Job Search Process

Heidi Lehtovaara, Marjut Jyrkinen

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Abstract

In this article, we address how skilled migrant women experience job search processes in Finland, and the expectations and emotions that arise from these workforce encounters, which we explore through unique qualitative data. Although Finland relies strongly on principles of equality and inclusion, highly educated migrant women face major difficulties in job application processes. The employment level of migrant women in Finland is low compared to other Nordic countries, and even though migrant women are more educated than migrant men and their Finnish language skills are better, they encounter many hurdles in employment. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the situation is getting more difficult for many women with non-Finnish background. There are multiple hurdles in highly educated women workers' employment, which relate to structural and cultural aspects and which end up in discrimination in recruitment processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-30
Number of pages20
JournalNordic Journal of Working Life Studies
Volume11
Issue numberSpecial issue No S7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Coping
  • emotions
  • expectations
  • experiences
  • job search
  • skilled migrant women
  • LABOR-MARKET
  • IMMIGRANTS
  • EMPLOYMENT
  • RACISM
  • MIGRATION
  • SUPPORT
  • STRESS
  • PEOPLE
  • WORK
  • LIFE

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

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