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Are Refugees’ Labour Market Outcomes Different from Those of Other Migrants? Evidence from the United Kingdom in the 2005-2007 Period

31 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2015 Last revised: 9 Jul 2016

Isabel Ruiz

University of Oxford - Harris Manchester College

Carlos Vargas-Silva

University of Oxford

Date Written: December 15, 2015

Abstract

We merged the Survey of New Refugees (SNR) with the UK Labour Force Survey (LFS) to compare the labour market outcomes of refugees in the UK with those of other migrants. We compare new refugees with a full sample of LFS migrants and with a sample of recent LFS migrants. Controlling for relevant characteristics we find that eight and fifteen months after the grant of protection those in the SNR sample have significantly worse outcomes than those in the LFS sample, including a lower likelihood of being in employment and higher likelihood of unemployment. However, twenty-one months after the grant of protection the labour market outcomes of new refugees are not statistically different from those of recent migrants in the LFS sample and the difference with those in the full LFS sample decreases substantially. While refugees are initially at a significant labour market disadvantage the gap seems to disappear over time.

Keywords: refugees, migration, labour markets, integration

JEL Classification: F22

Suggested Citation

Ruiz, Isabel and Vargas-Silva, Carlos, Are Refugees’ Labour Market Outcomes Different from Those of Other Migrants? Evidence from the United Kingdom in the 2005-2007 Period (December 15, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2704360 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2704360

Isabel Ruiz

University of Oxford - Harris Manchester College ( email )

Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4AU
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.economics.ox.ac.uk/index.php/staff/ruiz/

Carlos Vargas-Silva (Contact Author)

University of Oxford ( email )

58 Banbury Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6QS
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.carlosvargassilva.com

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