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Comparative labor market performance of visaed and non-visaed migrants: Pacific islanders in Sydney

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  • Richard P. C. Brown

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Using survey data for Tongan and Samoan migrants in Sydney the effects of visa restrictions on labor market performance of migrants are assessed. Univariate analysis suggests a positive association between unemployment and the unrestricted entry of Samoan step-migrants from New Zealand. A probit model of the determinants of unemployment is estimated with controls for human capital and demographic variables. While human capital endowments are important, visa restrictions do not have a significant effect on either group`s employability. Implications for policy are discussed highlighting the complementarities between host country immigration policies and foreign aid programs.

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  • Richard P. C. Brown, 1998. "Comparative labor market performance of visaed and non-visaed migrants: Pacific islanders in Sydney," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 11(3), pages 395-411.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:11:y:1998:i:3:p:395-411 Note: Received: 13 August 1997 / Accepted: 5 March 1998
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    1. Deborah A. Cobb-Clark, 2003. "Public policy and the labor market adjustment of new immigrants to Australia," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, pages 655-681.
    2. Richard P.C. Brown & Gareth Leeves, 2007. "Impacts of International Migration and Remittances on Source Country Household Incomes in Small Island States; Fiji and Tonga," Working Papers 07-13, Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO - ESA).

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    Keywords

    Step-migration · visa restrictions · unemployment · Australia;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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