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Migrant Ethnic Identity: Concept and Policy Implications

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  • Zimmermann, Klaus F.

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    (IZA and University of Bonn)

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With globalization, the size of migration and the value of ethnicity is rising. Also Cyprus undergoes a strong process of change while experiencing large inflows of migration. The paper investigates the challenges and the potentials of migration from a European Union perspective. It advocates for a new concept to measure the ethnic identity of migrants, models its determinants and explores its explanatory power for various types of economic performance. The ethnosizer, a measure of ethnic identity, classifies migrants into four states: integration, assimilation, separation and marginalization. Empirical evidence supports its relevance for economic outcomes.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3056.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2007
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Publication status: published in: Ekonomia, 2007, 10 (1), 1-17
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3056

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Keywords: cultural economics; ethnic identity; acculturation; migrant assimilation; migrant integration;

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