Immigrants' Unemployment Drivers: Evidence from Switzerland

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 Last revised: 20 Dec 2016

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Daniel Auer

WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Giuliano Bonoli

University of Lausanne - Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration

Flavia Fossati

University of Lausanne

Date Written: November 8, 2016

Abstract

Immigrant groups, especially those originating from non-European countries, tend to experience disadvantage in the labour market and to be overrepresented among the recipients of welfare benefits. This outcome is sometimes explained with reference to migration-related factors such as weaker work values than natives (i.e., acceptability of remaining on benefits), smaller and lower quality of informal networks and lower levels of psychological well-being. Indeed, we find that these factors significantly influence unemployment duration in the expected direction. However, they explain only a small share of the overall disadvantage that some immigrant groups experience. We conclude that at least some of the large differences we observed in unemployment duration are likely due to discrimination by employers.

Keywords: unemployment; discrimination; nationalitiy; values; networks

JEL Classification: J40

Suggested Citation

Auer, Daniel and Bonoli, Giuliano and Fossati, Flavia, Immigrants' Unemployment Drivers: Evidence from Switzerland (November 8, 2016). International Migration, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2828165 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2828165

Daniel Auer

WZB Berlin Social Science Center ( email )

Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin, 10785
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.daniel-auer.com

Giuliano Bonoli

University of Lausanne - Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration ( email )

R.te de la Maladière 21
Chavannes-Renens, CH-1022
Switzerland

Flavia Fossati (Contact Author)

University of Lausanne ( email )

Lausanne, Vaud CH-1015
Switzerland

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