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

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

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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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  • Hou, Feng & Ostrovsky, Yuri & Picot, Garnett, 2008. "Internal Migration of Immigrants: Do Immigrants Respond to Regional Labour Demand Shocks?," Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series 2008318e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
  • Handle: RePEc:stc:stcp3e:2008318e
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    Cited by:

    1. Watkins, Tate & Yandle, Bruce, 2010. "Can Freedom and Knowledge Economy Indexes Explain Go-Getter Migration Patterns?," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 40(2).
    2. Kathleen M. Day & Stanley L. Winer, 2011. "What do we Know about the Relationship between Regionalized Aspects of the Unemployment Insurance System and Internal Migration in Canada?," CESifo Working Paper Series 3479, CESifo Group Munich.

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    Ethnic diversity and immigration; Mobility and migration; Population and demography;

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