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Emigrants from Great Britain: what do we know about their lives?


  • John Jerrim

    () (Department of Quantitative Social Science, Institute of Education, University College London)


Each year more than 300,000 individuals leave Great Britain to start a new life overseas. Indeed, recent estimates suggest that up to 4.7 million British nationals now live abroad. Yet, in contrast to the substantial literature on the economic and social welfare of immigrants into Great Britain, comparatively little is known about the lives of emigrants from this country. This report provides, to the author's knowledge, the first quantitative study of this important issue. Labour market and social outcomes are compared between emigrants and individuals who choose to remain in Great Britain. I find a number of significant differences between these groups, along with notable variation by country of destination. This continues to hold true for certain outcomes even when differences in observable characteristics are taken into account.

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  • John Jerrim, 2015. "Emigrants from Great Britain: what do we know about their lives?," DoQSS Working Papers 15-02, Department of Quantitative Social Science - UCL Institute of Education, University College London.
  • Handle: RePEc:qss:dqsswp:1502

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    Emigration; PIAAC; PISA;

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    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education

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