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Ethnic enclaves and immigrant economic integration

Simone Schüller ()

IZA World of Labor, 2016, 287

Abstract: Immigrants are typically not evenly distributed within host countries; instead they tend to cluster in particular neighborhoods. But does clustering in ethnic enclaves help explain the persistent differences in employment rates and earnings between immigrants and the native population? Empirical studies consistently find that residing in an enclave can increase earnings. While it is still ambiguous whether mainly low-skilled immigrants benefit, or whether employment probabilities are affected, it is clear that effects are driven by enclave “quality” (in terms of income, education, and employment rates) rather than enclave size.

Keywords: immigrant concentration; ethnic networks; immigrant labor market integration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 R23 Z10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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