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Moroccans', Ecuadorians' and Romanians' Assimilation in Spain

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  • Rodríguez-Planas, Núria

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    (Queens College, CUNY)

  • Vegas, Raquel

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    (FEDEA, Madrid)

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Using the 2007 Encuesta Nacional de Immigración (ENI), we find that male migrants follow a similar labor and legal assimilation pattern in Spain regardless of their nationality (with Romanians faring worse in terms of legal status but better in terms of employment status at arrival). Among women, Moroccans and Ecuadorians follow a similar pattern that contrasts with the one observed among Romanian women. While the former mainly arrive to Spain to work with legal status and with time in Spain (some of them) move out of employment, the latter are considerably (and persistently) more attached to the labor force, although they tend to lack legal status at arrival, and only gain such status overtime. Controlling for observable characteristics and using Heckman-corrected estimates, our wage analysis finds that with the exception of Moroccan and Romanian males for which no wage differences are observed, Moroccans outperform the other two nationalities in terms of higher wages at arrival. Moreover, this wage differential does not decrease over time.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6542.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: May 2012
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Publication status: forthcoming as “Do Moroccans Fare Better or Worse than other Migrants in Spain?” in: Middle East Development Journal
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Keywords: Southern and Eastern Mediterranean men and women; legal and employment assimilation;

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  1. Simone Bertoli & Jesus Fernandez-Huertas Moraga & Francesc Ortega, 2010. "Immigration Policies and the Ecuadorian Exodus," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1001, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
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  1. Kalfa, Eleni & Piracha, Matloob, 2013. "Immigrants' Educational Mismatch and the Penalty of Over-Education," IZA Discussion Papers 7721, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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