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Internal Migration of Immigrants: Do Immigrants Respond to Regional Labour Demand Shocks?

  • Hou, Feng
  • Picot, Garnett
  • Ostrovsky, Yuri

The recent economic boom in the Canadian province of Alberta provides an ideal "natural experiment" to examine immigrants' responses to a strong labour demand outside major metropolitan centres. The key finding of our study, which is based on a unique dataset that combines administrative and immigrant records, is that not only did immigrants respond to the recent economic boom in Alberta, but they responded generally more strongly than non-immigrants. We find, however, a great deal of heterogeneity in the magnitude of the response across different regions and for different categories of immigrants.

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Paper provided by Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch in its series Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series with number 2008318e.

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Date of creation: 05 Dec 2008
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Handle: RePEc:stc:stcp3e:2008318e
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