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

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Isabel Ruiz

University of Oxford - Harris Manchester College

Carlos Vargas-Silva

University of Oxford

Date Written: April 14, 2018

Abstract

Using 2010-2017 data we compare the labour market outcomes of refugees (those who migrated to seek asylum), natives (UK-born), and other migrants in the UK (work, study and family migrants). The results indicate that refugees are less likely to be employed and earn less than natives and other migrants. The evidence suggests that differences in health status (particularly mental health) may be one of the factors that partly explain these gaps. Employment growth of refugees between 2010 and 2016 was significantly higher than that of other migrants, but this was not the case for earnings.

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 (April 14, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2920574 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2920574

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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