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In the globalized economy, labor migration has become of central importance. A key issue in the analysis of immigration is how the migrants fare in the economy in which they migrate, and how they assimilate towards the behavior of the natives. Using data from the United States, Canada, many European countries, Australia and New Zealand, the chapters study the developments of earnings, employment, unemployment, self-employment, occupational choices and educational attainment after migration. The book also investigates the role of language in labor market integration and examines the situation of illegal, legalized and unwilling migrants. Policy effects are also studied: Among those are the effects of selection criteria of labor market success and the effects immigrants have on the public sector budget of the receiving country. Hence, the book provides a broad picture of the performance of migrants.
I Introduction.- How do labor migrants fare?.- II Migration and Eamings.- Natives and migrants in the London labour market, 1929–1931.- How much did immigrant “quality” decline in late nineteenth century America?.- Earnings assimilation of immigrants in Norway — A reappraisal.- Self-selection, earnings, and out-migration: A longitudinal study of immigrants to Germany.- Comparing migrants to non-migrants: The case of Dutch migration to New Zealand.- III Employment, Unemployment, Self-Employment and Occupational Success.- Declining employment success of immigrant males in Sweden: Observed or unobserved characteristics?.- The employment adjustment of male immigrants in England.- The English language fluency and occupational success of ethnic minority immigrant men living in English metropolitan areas.- Labor market assimilation and the self-employment decision of immigrant entrepreneurs.- IV Linguistic Issues and Educational Attainment.- Immigrant earnings: Language skills, linguistic concentrations and the business cycle.- Cohort effects in the educational attainment of second generation immigrants in Germany: An analysis of census data.- V Illegal, Legalized and Unwilling Migrants.- Language skills and earnings among legalized aliens.- Undocumented workers in the labor market: An analysis of the earnings of legal and illegal Mexican immigrants in the United States.- IRCA’s impact on the occupational concentration and mobility of newly-legalized Mexican men.- Aboriginals as unwilling immigrants: Contact, assimilation and labour market outcomes.- VI Policy Issues: Selection Criteria and Public Sector Effects.- Public policy and the labor market adjustment of new immigrants to Australia.- Immigrants and the public sector budget — accounting exercises for Sweden.