Integrating refugees into labor markets
Pieter Bevelander ()
IZA World of Labor, 2016, No 269, 269
For the first time since the Second World War, the total number of refugees amounts to more than 50 million people. Only a minority of these refugees seek asylum, and even fewer resettle in developed countries. At the same time, politicians, the media, and the public are worried about a lack of economic integration. Refugees start at a lower employment and income level, but subsequently “catch up” to the level of family unification migrants. However, both refugees and family migrants do not “catch up” to the economic integration levels of labor migrants. A faster integration process would significantly benefit refugees and their new host countries.
Keywords: immigration; refugees; asylum; economic integration; resettlement (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J18 J21 J24 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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