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Comparative labor market performance of visaed and non-visaed migrants: Pacific islanders in Sydney

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Using survey data for Tongan and Samoan migrants in Sydney the effects of visa restrictions on labor market performance of migrants are assessed. Univariate analysis suggests a positive association between unemployment and the unrestricted entry of Samoan step-migrants from New Zealand. A probit model of the determinants of unemployment is estimated with controls for human capital and demographic variables. While human capital endowments are important, visa restrictions do not have a significant effect on either group‘s employability. Implications for policy are discussed highlighting the complementarities between host country immigration policies and foreign aid programs.

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Received: 13 August 1997 / Accepted: 5 March 1998

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Brown, R. Comparative labor market performance of visaed and non-visaed migrants: Pacific islanders in Sydney. J Popul Econ 11, 395–411 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1007/s001480050076

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  • Key words: Step-migration
  • visa restrictions
  • unemployment
  • Australia
  • JEL classification: F22
  • J64
  • O15