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The Impact of Labour Market Dynamics on the Return-Migration of Immigrants

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  • Bijwaard, Govert

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    (NIDI - Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute)

  • Schluter, Christian

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    (University of Southampton)

  • Wahba, Jackline

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    (University of Southampton)

Abstract

Using administrative panel data on the entire population of new labour immigrants to The Netherlands, we estimate the causal effects of labour dynamics on their return decisions. Specifically, the roles of unemployment and re-employment spells on immigration durations are examined. The endogeneity of labour market outcomes and the return migration decision, if ignored, confounds the causal effect. This empirical challenge is addressed using the "timing-of-events" method. We estimate the model separately for distinct immigrant groups, and find that, overall, unemployment spells shorten immigration durations, while re-employment spells delay returns for all but one group. The magnitude of the causal effect differs across groups.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5722.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: May 2011
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Publication status: published in: Review of Economics & Statistics, 2013, [Online First]
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Keywords: labour market dynamics; temporary migration; durations; timing of event method;

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  1. KIrdar, Murat G., 2009. "Labor market outcomes, savings accumulation, and return migration," Labour Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 16(4), pages 418-428, August.
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  6. Christian Dustmann & Yoram Weiss, 2007. "Return Migration: Theory and Empirical Evidence," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 0702, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
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  1. Kristi Anniste & Tiit Tammaru, 2014. "Ethnic differences in integration levels and return migration intentions," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 30(13), pages 377-412, February.
  2. Bijwaard, Govert & Wang, Qi, 2013. "Return Migration of Foreign Students," IZA Discussion Papers 7185, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Christian Dustmann, 2014. "Selective Outmigration and the Estimation of Immigrants Earnings Profiles," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1402, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
  4. Govert Bijwaard & Jackline Wahba, 2013. "Do High-Income or Low-Income Immigrants Leave Faster?," Norface Discussion Paper Series, Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London 2013013, Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London.
  5. Renee Luthra & Lucinda Platt & Justyna Salamońska, 2004. "Migrant diversity, migration motivations and early integration: the case of Poles in Germany, the Netherlands, London and Dublin," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1412, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
  6. Renee Luthra & Lucinda Platt & Justyna Salamonska, 2014. "Migrant diversity, migration motivations and early integration: the case of Poles in Germany, the Netherlands, London and Dublin," LEQS – LSE 'Europe in Question' Discussion Paper Series, European Institute, LSE 74, European Institute, LSE.
  7. Renee Luthra & Lucinda Platt & Justyna Salamonska, 2014. "Migrant diversity, migration motivations and early integration: the case of Poles in Germany, the Netherlands, London and Dublin," Europe in Question Discussion Paper Series of the London School of Economics (LEQs), London School of Economics / European Institute 4, London School of Economics / European Institute.
  8. Govert Bijwaard, 2014. "Multistate event history analysis with frailty," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 30(58), pages 1591-1620, May.

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