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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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  • Pieter Bevelander

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    (Malmoe University)

  • Ravi Pendakur

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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 Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London in its series Norface Discussion Paper Series with number 2012041.

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Date of creation: Dec 2012
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Handle: RePEc:nor:wpaper:2012041

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

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  1. Aydemir, Abdurrahman, 2010. "Immigrant Selection and Short-Term Labour Market Outcomes by Visa Category," IZA Discussion Papers 4966, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Rashid, Saman, 2004. "Internal migration and income of immigrant families," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 624, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
  3. Pieter Bevelander & Ravi Pendakur, 2011. "Citizenship and Employment - comparing two cool countries," Norface Discussion Paper Series 2011002, Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London.
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