Workshop - Discrimination of migrants regarding access to the labour market and access to social rights Day 1

01. Dezember | 14:00

Following a workshop on gender discrimination at the workplace, this workshop of the ANR-DFG Project Access Plus aims for a deeper analysis of process of discrimination affecting immigrants and their descendants regarding access to the labour market and social rights. Despite the principle of non-discrimination based on nationality within the European system of free movement of people, and EU-mandated anti-discrimination legislation such as the employment equality directive or the racial equality directive, there is still evidence of discrimination against different groups of migrants in European societies. Studies point, for example, to discrimination of Eastern Europeans regarding access to social welfare (Adam et al. 2021; Ratzmann 2021), widespread discrimination against Sinti and Roma (Humphris 2018; Tervonen & Enache 2017), or discrimination based on race, ethnicity or religion when applying for a job (Koopmans et al. 2019; Veit et al. 2022). Moreover, many European countries are introducing more limits and conditions on access to social rights for European citizens (Barbulescu & Favell 2020; Lafleur & Mescoli 2018). The restrictions of mobile European citizens’ access to social rights and labour market will be compared with and contextualized within the inequalities and discriminations that immigrants and their descendants have faced in France as well Germany (Math 2014; Raphael 2019; Severin-Barboutie 2019). Questioning the actors (such as workers unions), legal barriers (for example to minimum income schemes or access to professional qualification), and political debates (such as on mobility of Rumanians) in a general perspective on migrants’ and their descendants’ discrimination aims at highlighting the continuities as well as the dynamic of categorizations at stake.

Based on this backdrop, the presentations deal with the following questions, from various disciplinary fields: How did discrimination against migrants, as well as the related anti-discrimination legislation, develop over time? How can we explain the enduring inequalities/discriminations of migrants on the labour market? How does legislation and jurisprudence at European level impact (or not) developments at national level? What does the unequal treatment of Eastern Europeans tell us about European integration? Which policies are adopted to counter discrimination, at the local/national/European level, and what effects do these have?


Nikola Tietze
Nikola.Tietze  ( at )


“Discrimination of migrants regarding access to the labour market and access to social rights”
December 1 and 2, salle Germaine Tillon, Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin
Workshop of the ANR-DFG Access Plus

Thursday, 01.12.2022

14.00 Arrival and welcome

14.30-16.00: Keynote
Marie Mercat-Bruns (Ecole de droit de SciencesPo, Lise-Cnam-CNRS): Unequal treatment in a legal perspective: The European law, an instrument for detecting and fighting against systemic, direct or indirect discrimination? (provisional title)

16.30-18.00: Legal aspects of intra-EU migration and anti-discrimination
Nikola Tietze: The Making of Legal Discrimination: Intra-European Migrant Women in the jeux d’échelles of Jurisprudence
Guénolé Marchadour: The struggle against discriminations in French unions. From legal action to diversity promotion?

19.00: Dinner

Friday, 02.12.2022

09.30-11.00: Keynote
Roxana Barbulescu: tba

11.00-11.30: Coffee break

11.30-12.30: Access to the labour market and to social rights I
Christine Barwick: Freedom of Movement for whom? Political debates on (restrictions of) access to the labour market for Romanian nationals in Germany
Etienne Pataut: Family benefits for workers on the move

12.30-13.30 Lunch break

13.30 – 14.30: Access to the labour market and to social rights II
Karine Briard: Less access to vocational training for immigrants: the role of their characteristics and trends over the last two decades
Anna Kompatscher: The right to healthcare of undocumented migrants in Germany, France and Italy

14.30 – 15.00: Common discussion


Centre Marc Bloch
Friedrichstrasse 191
10117 Berlin