How Labor Migrants Fare

Part of the series Population Economics pp 139-166

The employment adjustment of male immigrants in England

  • Stephen Wheatley PriceAffiliated withDepartment of Economics, University of Leicester

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In this paper the employment performance of native and foreign born men in England is examined, using 1993–1994 data from the Quarterly Labour Force Survey of the United Kingdom. Chiswick’s (1982) hypotheses of immigrant employment adjustment are investigated using logistic regression analysis. We show that there are interesting and important employment effects arising from immigrant characteristics. Recent white immigrants experience a transitory employment disadvantage. However non-white immigrants never attain employment equality with native born white men. Education, potential experience, family characteristics and country of birth are also found to be important determinants of employment.

Key words

Immigrants employment England

JEL classification

J61 J23 J15