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Occupational Adjustment of Immigrants

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  • Zorlu, Aslan

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    (University of Amsterdam)

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This paper examines the speed of the occupational adjustment of immigrants using Labour Force Surveys 2004 and 2005 from Statistics Netherlands. The analysis provides new evidence that immigrants start with jobs at the lower levels of skill distribution. Their occupational achievement improves significantly with the duration of residence. The extent of this initial disadvantage and the rate of adjustment vary across immigrant groups according to the transferability of skills associated with their cultural and linguistic distance from Dutch society as predicted by the theory of immigrant occupational mobility. Most notably, Turks and Moroccans face the greatest initial dip and achieve the highest rate of adjustment while the opposite holds for Caribbean and Western immigrants. Our results are robust to three alternative measures of occupational status.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6147.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Publication status: published in: Journal of International Migration and Integration, 2013, 14 (4), 711-731
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6147

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  1. Mari Kangasniemi & Merja Kauhanen, 2013. "Characteristics and labour market performance of the new member state (NMS12) immigrants in Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom," Norface Discussion Paper Series 2013002, Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London.

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