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The Labour Market Integration of Refugee and Family Reunion Immigrants: A Comparison of Outcomes in Canada and Sweden

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  • Bevelander, Pieter

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    (Malmö University)

  • Pendakur, Ravi

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    (University of Ottawa)

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    This paper assesses the employment and earnings trajectories of refugee and family reunion category immigrants in Canada and Sweden using two national level sources of data. The Canadian Immigration Database (IMDB) is a file that links the intake record of post 1979 immigrants with annual taxation records. The 2007 Swedish Register Data includes information on all legal permanent residents. Using standard regression methods we compare labour force outcomes of age-sex-schooling-place of birth cohorts looking specifically at non-economic (family reunion and refugee intake) immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia. We find that the employment and earning trajectories of the selected non-economic migrant groups are quite similar in the two host countries, although earnings are higher in Canada than in Sweden.

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    Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6924.

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    Length: 29 pages
    Date of creation: Oct 2012
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    Publication status: published in: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2013, (Early view)
    Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6924

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    Keywords: labour market integration; family reunion; immigrants; refugees; comparison;

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    1. Abdurrahman Aydemir, 2011. "Immigrant selection and short-term labor market outcomes by visa category," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 24(2), pages 451-475, April.
    2. Rashid, Saman, 2004. "Internal migration and income of immigrant families," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 624, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
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