Labour Market Experience of Male Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities in the UK
This paper examines the changes in the labour market experience of different immigrant and ethnic minority groups in the UK over time. The analysis suggests that, in early 90s although there was no clear cut evidence of segregation in terms of employability, certain groups of minority natives were found to be less represented in high-skilled professional occupations whereas some of the immigrants were in greater proportion in such jobs. Over time, unemployment inequality has become significant among minority natives whereas the position of immigrants in terms of employment status appeared to have improved. In recent years, minority immigrants’ representation in superior occupations has reduced significantly, which is in contrast to the improvement of job market status of their native counterparts. Decomposition analysis of the results indicate the importance of both explained as well as unexplained factors behind such performance. For certain groups of ethnic minorities and immigrants, observed attributes cannot explain their less favourable labour market outcomes and the analysis indicates the possibility of labour market discrimination against them.
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