Do English Skills Affect Muslim Immigrants’ Economic and Social Integration Differentially?

22 Pages Posted: 17 May 2020

See all articles by Cahit Guven

Cahit Guven

Deakin University - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance

Mevlude Akbulut‐Yuksel

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mutlu Yuksel

Dalhousie University; IZA

Date Written: September 2019

Abstract

This paper estimates the returns to English‐speaking fluency on the socioeconomic outcomes of childhood immigrants. We further investigate whether Muslim childhood immigrants face additional hurdles in economic and social integration into the host country. Motivated by the critical age hypothesis, we identify the causal effects of English skills on socioeconomic outcomes by exploring the differences in the country of origin and age at arrival across childhood immigrants. We first document that all childhood immigrants who migrate from non‐English‐speaking countries at a younger age attain higher levels of English skills. We also find that acquiring better English‐language skills improves the educational attainment and labour and marriage market prospects of non‐Muslim childhood immigrants significantly and increases their participation in volunteer work. However, our results show that while a good command of English enhances the educational attainments of Muslim childhood immigrants, it shows no positive return in either the labour or marriage markets. Our results also show that progress in English fails to improve Muslim childhood immigrants’ engagement in voluntary work, meaning that the opportunity for social cohesion is missed.

Suggested Citation

Guven, Cahit and Akbulut‐Yuksel, Mevlude and Yuksel, Mutlu and Yuksel, Mutlu, Do English Skills Affect Muslim Immigrants’ Economic and Social Integration Differentially? (September 2019). Economic Record, Vol. 95, Issue 310, pp. 279-300, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3597584 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4932.12481

Cahit Guven (Contact Author)

Deakin University - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance ( email )

221 Burwood Highway
Burwood, Victoria 3215
Australia

Mevlude Akbulut‐Yuksel

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Mutlu Yuksel

Dalhousie University ( email )

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3J5
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://myweb.dal.ca/mt899590/

IZA ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
0
Abstract Views
73
PlumX Metrics