The labor market integration of refugee migrants in high-income countries

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Author: Brell, Courtney; Dustmann, Christian; Preston, Ian


We provide an overview of the integration of refugees into the labor markets of a number of high-income countries. Discussing the ways in which refugees and economic migrants are differently selected and so might be expected to perform differently in a host country's labor market, we examine employment and wages for these groups over time after arrival. There is significant heterogeneity between host countries, but in general, refugees experience persistently worse outcomes than other migrants. While the gaps between the groups can be seen to decrease on a timescale of a decade or two,...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Labour market; Employment; Migration; Disadvantaged; Income; Language; Outcomes

Keywords: Refugees; Migrants; Employment outcomes; Wage; Policy implications; Case study; Data analysis; Comparative analysis; Trend

Published: Nashville, Tennessee: American Economic Association, 2020

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Journal volume: 34

Journal number: 1

Journal date: Winter 2020

Pages: pp. 94-121

ISSN: 0895-3309

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 139.69

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