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Assimilation of migrants into the British labour market

Dickens, Richard and McKnight, Abigail (2008) Assimilation of migrants into the British labour market. Centre for Economic Performance occasional papers, CEPOP22. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper discusses the extent to which migrants to Britain have been assimilated into the workforce. Migration into Britain has increased over the last 25 years, with a big increase in inflows in recent years. The paper shows that when a migrant worker first arrives they experience a pay gap with native born counterparts of over 30% for men and 15% for women. This pay penalty declines with years spent in Britain. For migrant men it takes 20 years to eradicate this difference; for migrant women just 4-6 years. Different nationalities experience different rates of assimilation, with Europeans catching up the fastest but Asian men showing little signs of catching up at all. More recent entry cohorts of migrants have fared better but this is largely because they enter with a smaller pay penalty rather than experience faster wage growth.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2008 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J61 - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: CEPOP22
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2012 09:29
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/47489/

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