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Immigrants' Assimilation Process in a Segmented Labor Market

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  • Alcobendas, Miguel Angel

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    (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

  • Rodríguez-Planas, Núria

    ()
    (Queens College, CUNY)

Abstract

While much of the literature on immigrants' assimilation has focused on countries with a large tradition of receiving immigrants and with flexible labor markets, very little is known on how immigrants adjust to other types of host economies. With its severe dual labor market, and an unprecedented immigration boom, Spain presents a perfect natural experiment to analyze immigrations' assimilation process. Using data from the 2000 to 2008 Spanish Labor Force Survey, we find that immigrants are more occupationally mobile than natives, and that much of this greater flexibility is explained by immigrants' assimilation process soon after arrival. However, we find little evidence of convergence, especially among women and high skilled immigrants. This suggests that instead of integrating, immigrants are occupationally segregating, implying that there is both imperfect substitutability and underutilization of immigrants' human capital.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4394.

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Length: 55 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2009
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4394

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Keywords: immigrants' assimilation effects; cohort effects; occupational distributions and mobility; segmented labor markets;

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Cited by:
  1. Jesús Ruiz-Huerta & Rosa Martínez, 2014. "Multidimensional poverty in immigrant households: a comparative analysis within the Europe 2020 framework," CIRANO Working Papers 2014s-18, CIRANO.
  2. de la Rica, Sara & Glitz, Albrecht & Ortega, Francesc, 2013. "Immigration in Europe: Trends, Policies and Empirical Evidence," IZA Discussion Papers 7778, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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