Labour Force Participation and Employment of Humanitarian Migrants: Evidence from the Building a New Life in Australia Longitudinal Data

34 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2017

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Zhiming Cheng

Macquarie University; Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School

Ben Zhe Wang

Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School

Lucy Taksa

Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School

Date Written: October 7, 2017

Abstract

This study uses the longitudinal data from the Building a New Life in Australia survey to examine the relationships between human capital and labour market participation and employment status among recently arrived/approved humanitarian migrants. It includes attention to the heterogeneity of labour force participation and employment status across genders and also migration pathways. We find that the likelihood of participating in the labour force is higher for those who had pre-immigration paid job experience, completed study/job training and have job searching knowledge/skills in Australia and possess higher proficiency in spoken English. We find that the chance of getting a paid job is negatively related to having better pre-immigration education, but it is positively related to having unpaid work experience and job searching skills in Australia, and better health.

Keywords: Australia, humanitarian migrant, human capital, labour force participation, employment status

JEL Classification: J15, J21, J24

Suggested Citation

Cheng, Zhiming and Wang, Ben Zhe and Taksa, Lucy, Labour Force Participation and Employment of Humanitarian Migrants: Evidence from the Building a New Life in Australia Longitudinal Data (October 7, 2017). Macquarie University Faculty of Business & Economics Research Paper No. 6/2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3069960 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3069960

Zhiming Cheng (Contact Author)

Macquarie University ( email )

North Ryde
Sydney, New South Wales 2109
Australia

Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School ( email )

New South Wales 2109
Australia

Ben Zhe Wang

Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School ( email )

New South Wales 2109
Australia

Lucy Taksa

Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School ( email )

New South Wales 2109
Australia

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