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The Impact of Immigration on Unemployment, Labour Force Participation and Part-time Employment in Cyprus

  • Louis N. Christofides

    (Department of Economics, University of Cyprus)

  • Sofronis Clerides

    (Department of Economics, University of Cyprus)

  • Costas Hadjiyiannis

    (Department of Economics, University of Cyprus)

  • Michael S. Michael

    ()

    (Department of Economics, University of Cyprus)

  • Marios Stephanides

    (Ministry of Finance, Cyprus)

The number of foreign workers in Cyprus has been increasing sharply in the last 15 years. This paper investigates the impact of foreign workers on unemployment, labour force participation and part-time employment in Cyprus, using data from the EU Labour Force Surveys for the period 1999-2005. This is examined overall, and by age group, or education, level. The study finds that the presence of foreign workers has not affected total unemployment or total labour force participation in Cyprus. Part-time employment seems to be marginally affected overall. On the other hand, the presence of foreign workers affects the probability of unemployment, labour force participation and part-time employment of some age and education groups.

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Article provided by University of Cyprus, Economics Research Centre in its journal Cyprus Economic Policy Review.

Volume (Year): 3 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (June)
Pages: 51-84

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Handle: RePEc:erc:cypepr:v:3:y:2009:i:1:p:51-84
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