Migrant Ethnic Identity: Concept and Policy Implications

25 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2007

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Klaus F. Zimmermann

Global Labor Organization (GLO); UNU-MERIT; Maastricht University, Department of Economics; Free University Berlin; University of Bonn; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Journal of Population Economics

Date Written: September 2007

Abstract

With globalization, the size of migration and the value of ethnicity is rising. Also Cyprus undergoes a strong process of change while experiencing large inflows of migration. The paper investigates the challenges and the potentials of migration from a European Union perspective. It advocates for a new concept to measure the ethnic identity of migrants, models its determinants and explores its explanatory power for various types of economic performance. The ethnosizer, a measure of ethnic identity, classifies migrants into four states: integration, assimilation, separation and marginalization. Empirical evidence supports its relevance for economic outcomes.

Keywords: ethnic identity, acculturation, migrant assimilation, migrant integration, cultural economics

JEL Classification: F22, J15, J16, Z10

Suggested Citation

Zimmermann, Klaus F., Migrant Ethnic Identity: Concept and Policy Implications (September 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 3056, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1022951

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