European immigrants in the UK before and after the 2004 enlargement: Is there a change in immigrant self-selection?
AbstractThe 2004 accession of Eastern European countries (EU8) to the European Union has generated concerns about the influx of low-skill immigrants to the Western member states (EU15). Only three countries, namely Ireland, Sweden, and the UK, did not impose restrictions to immigration from Eastern Europe. Did the elimination of barrier to immigration have an impact on the quality of immigrants arriving to the UK? Using EU15 immigrants as a control group, we find systematic differences between EU8 immigrants arrived before and after the enlargement. The elimination of barriers to immigration seems to have changed the quantity and quality of EU8 immigrants to the UK.
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EU enlargement; East-West migration; UK labour market; self-selection.;
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- Simonetta Longhi & Magdalena Rokicka, 2012. "European immigrants in the UK before and after the 2004 enlargement: Is there a change in immigrant self-selection?," Norface Discussion Paper Series 2012030, Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London.
- F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
- J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General
- J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
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- NEP-EUR-2012-12-06 (Microeconomic European Issues)
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