Differences in Labour Market Outcomes between Natives, Refugees and Other Migrants in the UK

45 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2017 Last revised: 24 May 2017

Isabel Ruiz

University of Oxford - Harris Manchester College

Carlos Vargas-Silva

University of Oxford

Date Written: May 23, 2017

Abstract

Using 2010-2016 data we compare the labour market outcomes of natives, those who migrated to seek asylum (refugees) and other migrants in the UK. The results indicate that refugees are less likely to be employed, earn less per hour and work fewer hours than natives and those who migrated to the UK for other reasons. The evidence suggests that differences in health status (particularly mental health) and English proficiency partly explain these gaps. Moreover, while employment growth of refugees between 2010 and 2016 was higher than that of other migrants, this was not the case for other labour market outcomes.

Keywords: UK, Refugees, Labour Markets

JEL Classification: F22, J31

Suggested Citation

Ruiz, Isabel and Vargas-Silva, Carlos, Differences in Labour Market Outcomes between Natives, Refugees and Other Migrants in the UK (May 23, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2920574

Isabel Ruiz

University of Oxford - Harris Manchester College ( email )

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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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