In Italy, as in other European countries, migrant women are particularly exposed to over-qualification. With an equivalent level of education, they tend to perform less skilled jobs than native women. Although the labor market segmentations have been studied in recent publications, there is no research that at national or regional level compares the positioning of graduates based on gender and nation-ality. Starting from the analysis of hirings in the Veneto region, this paper highlights that there is a differentiated access to the labor market according to the nationali-ty and gender of workers, regardless of their level of education. Although they are also concerned by over-qualification, graduate women from Italy and high-income countries have a privileged access to high skill positions. Graduate women from other countries are confronted with a glass ceiling that constrains them to ac-cept less skilled positions for which they are overqualified.
Keywords: High skill, migrant women, tertiary education, labor market, inequali-ties, Veneto region.