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Now and forever? Initial and subsequent location choices of immigrants

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  • Åslund, Olof

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    (IFAU - Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation)

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This paper exploits a natural experiment to study the influence of regional factors on initial and subsequent location choices among immigrants. The results suggest that immigrants to Sweden are attracted to regions with high representation from the individual’s birth country and large overall immigrant populations. Labor market opportunities affect location decisions, but people also tend to choose localities with many welfare recipients. The impact of most regional factors does not change over time. Thus, there is little evidence that information improves or that preferences differ between initial and subsequent stages.

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Paper provided by IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy in its series Working Paper Series with number 2001:11.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 07 Sep 2001
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifauwp:2001_011

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Keywords: Immigration; location choice; secondary migration;

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