Why skilled immigrants do not get hired - and what you can do about it

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About the webinar

Many companies pride themselves on the work they do on diversity and inclusion - and most companies have some sort of initiative in place. But if it’s such a focal point - how come the statistics tell a completely different story? 

Current research in many European countries showcases the same scenario; if you are an immigrant, you have a much harder time getting employed. Why?

Is it because of language barriers? A perceived lack of culture fit? Education requirements? Actually, it’s seemingly none of these reasons. Even highly skilled migrants at the top of their field, have to fight to get a job. 

The question we need to ask ourselves might instead be “why do organizations not hire skilled migrants?”

In this webinar we are joined by Annette Risberg, a Professor of Organization and Management at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. Her research focuses on practices of diversity management, and the inclusion of immigrants in organizations. Annette will in this webinar share her insights from her own research, as well as tips on how organizations can get better at shaping actual diversity.

We will discuss:

  • What discrepancies exist between immigrants and non-immigrants when it comes to being hired, and why
  • How your diversity initiatives might actually have an adverse effect
  • What your company can do to get ahead in your diversity and inclusion work

🇬🇧 This webinar will be held in English.



Tove Hernlund


Annette Risberg

Professor of Organization and Management at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences