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Determinants and Effects of Post-Migration Education Among New Immigrants in Canada

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  • Banerjee, Rupa
  • Verma, Anil
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    This study investigates post-migration educational investment among newly arrived immigrants and examines the effect of post-migration education on new immigrants’ labour market integration, as measured by earnings and occupational status. The results indicate that younger immigrants who are already well educated, fluent in English or French and worked in a professional or managerial occupation prior to migration are most likely to enroll in Canadian education. But, acceptance of previous work experience by Canadian employers lowers the likelihood of enrolling in further education. Financial capital was not found to affect participation in post-migration education. Those immigrants who did enroll in post-migration education enjoyed an earnings advantage and were more likely to work in a professional or managerial job. The effect of post-migration education was greater for immigrants whose previous work experience was not accepted in Canada.

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    Paper provided by Vancouver School of Economics in its series CLSSRN working papers with number clsrn_admin-2009-20.

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    Length: 48 pages
    Date of creation: 11 Mar 2009
    Date of revision: 11 Mar 2009
    Handle: RePEc:ubc:clssrn:clsrn_admin-2009-20

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    Keywords: Immigrant Workers; Education; Wages;

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