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Return and Onward Migration Among Working Age Men

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  • Aydemir, Abdurrahman
  • Robinson, Chris

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Recent immigration appears to be characterized by frequent return and onward migration. This has important consequences for the contribution of immigrants to the economy of the host country. The return to host country settlement costs may be very low for some immigrants. Lack of longitudinal data has prevented much analysis of whether recent international migration is more like internal migration and not a once-for-all move with a possible return should the move prove to have been a mistake. A newly available longitudinal data set covering all immigrants to Canada since 1980 provides the opportunity to address the issues raised by the new migration. The results show that a large fraction of immigrants, especially among skilled workers and entrepreneurs, are highly internationally mobile.

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  • Aydemir, Abdurrahman & Robinson, Chris, 2006. "Return and Onward Migration Among Working Age Men," Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series 2006273e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
  • Handle: RePEc:stc:stcp3e:2006273e
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    1. Sílvio Rendon & Alfredo Cuecuecha, 2010. "International job search: Mexicans in and out of the US," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 8(1), pages 53-82, March.
    2. Guo, Shibao & DeVoretz, Don J., 2006. "Chinese Immigrants in Vancouver: Quo Vadis?," IZA Discussion Papers 2340, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Hou, Feng & Picot, Garnett, 2009. "The Effect of Immigrant Selection and the IT Bust on the Entry Earnings of Immigrants," CLSSRN working papers clsrn_admin-2009-37, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 26 Jun 2009.

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    Keywords

    Globalization and the labour market; Labour; Labour mobility; turnover and work absences; Mobility and migration; Population and demography;

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