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International migration and economic participation in small towns and rural areas — cross-national evidence


  • Mike Danson

    (Business School, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Scotland, UK)

  • Birgit Jentsch

    (Geneva School of Diplomacy, Pregny/Geneva, Switzerland)


This paper analyses the neglected labour market experiences of international migrants to non-metropolitan areas, mainly drawing on the evidence of a large, cross-national research project on immigration, as well as on other available research evidence. By examining migrants' employment experiences in four different countries — Canada, the USA, Ireland and Scotland — we are able to discuss key themes and consider them from a comparative perspective. The focus here is on the frequent occurrence of different forms of underemployment of rural migrants; issues around pay and working conditions; and the importance of welcoming communities.

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  • Mike Danson & Birgit Jentsch, 2012. "International migration and economic participation in small towns and rural areas — cross-national evidence," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 9(3), pages 215-224, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:9:y:2012:i:3:p:215-224

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    1. Ilana Redstone Akresh, 2008. "Occupational Trajectories of Legal US Immigrants: Downgrading and Recovery," Population and Development Review, The Population Council, Inc., vol. 34(3), pages 435-456.
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