Do Selection Criteria Make a Difference? Visa Category and the Labour Market Status of Immigrants to Australia
This paper assesses the role of selection criteria in the immigrant settlement process. Do skill-based immigrants have higher participation and employment rates than family-based immigrants? Does this represent a head start or a persistent labour market advantage? The Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia is used to address these questions. Generally, migrants selected for their skills have better labour market outcomes. Over time, the relative gap in participation rates increases, while the gap in employment rates decreases. Net of visa category, outcomes are better for native English speakers and for those who visited Australia prior to migration. Copyright 2000 by The Economic Society of Australia.
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Volume (Year): 76 (2000)
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