English skills and early labour market integration: evidence from humanitarian migrants in Australia

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We use the panel data from the Building a New Life in Australia survey to examine the relationships between proficiency in English and labour market outcomes among humanitarian migrants. Having better general or speaking skills in English is certainly associated with a higher propensity for participation in the labour force and getting a job. However, we also find that, compared to other domains of English proficiency, such as listening, reading and writing, proficiency in English speaking skills has been the least improved domain for humanitarian migrants' who have participated in an...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Language; Skills and knowledge; Employment; Participation; Migration

Keywords: Refugees; Employability; Employment outcomes; Oral communication skill; Written communication skill; Competence; Perception; Wellbeing; Survey; Longitudinal data; Data analysis

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Essen, Germany: Global Labor Organization (GLO), 2020

Physical description: [23] p.

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Series: GLO discussion paper series; no. 672

Resource type: Discussion paper

Document number: TD/TNC 146.725

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