The Labour Market Integration of Refugee and Family Reunion Immigrants: A Comparison of Outcomes in Canada and Sweden

29 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2012

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Pieter Bevelander

Malmo University - School of International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Ravi Pendakur

University of Ottawa

Date Written: October 20, 2012

Abstract

This paper assesses the employment and earnings trajectories of refugee and family reunion category immigrants in Canada and Sweden using two national level sources of data. The Canadian Immigration Database (IMDB) is a file that links the intake record of post 1979 immigrants with annual taxation records. The 2007 Swedish Register Data includes information on all legal permanent residents. Using standard regression methods we compare labour force outcomes of age-sex-schooling-place of birth cohorts looking specifically at non-economic (family reunion and refugee intake) immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia. We find that the employment and earning trajectories of the selected non-economic migrant groups are quite similar in the two host countries, although earnings are higher in Canada than in Sweden.

Keywords: refugees, immigrants, family reunion, labour market integration, comparison

JEL Classification: F22, J61, J68

Suggested Citation

Bevelander, Pieter and Pendakur, Ravi, The Labour Market Integration of Refugee and Family Reunion Immigrants: A Comparison of Outcomes in Canada and Sweden (October 20, 2012). IZA Discussion Paper No. 6924. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2164653

Pieter Bevelander (Contact Author)

Malmo University - School of International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) ( email )

SE-205 06 Malmo
Sweden

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Ravi Pendakur

University of Ottawa ( email )

2292 Edwin Crescent
Ottawa, Ontario K2C 1H7
Canada

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