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Immigrant Selection Systems and Occupational Outcomes of International Medical Graduates in Canada and the United States

  • James Ted McDonald
  • Casey Warman
  • Christopher Worswick

We analyze the process of immigrant selection and occupational outcomes of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) in the US and Canada. The IMG relicensing model of Kugler and Sauer (2005) is extended to incorporate two different approaches to immigrant selection: employer nomination systems and point systems. Consistent with the predictions of our model, we find that, in Canada where a point system has been in place, IMGs are less likely to be employed as physicians than are IMGs in the US, where employer nomination is a more important entry path for IMGs.

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Paper provided by McMaster University in its series Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers with number 293.

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Length: 52 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2012
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Handle: RePEc:mcm:sedapp:293
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