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Immigrant Labour Market Performance and Skilled Immigrant Selection: The International Experience

Daniel Parent () and Christopher Worswick ()

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Abstract: The immigration experience over the post-World War II period is reviewed for Canada, the United States and Australia. The immigration policies of each country are compared. The existing literature on the labour market performance of immigrant in each country is discussed and interpreted within the context of the immigration policies in place that determined the selection of immigrants of different arrival periods. In addition, studies that have compared the effectiveness of different immigrant selection systems are reviewed. Finally, a description of the history of the Quebec immigrant selection system is presented and a discussion of its possible impact on the inflow of immigrants to Quebec is discussed. Dans cet article, nous brossons un tableau de l'expérience du Canada, des États-Unis et de l'Australie en termes d'immigration depuis la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Nous comparons d'abord les politiques d'immigration de chaque pays pour ensuite porter notre attention sur la littérature consacrée à la performance économique des immigrants dans chaque pays d'accueil. Nous nous concentrons sur l'interprétation de cette littérature dans le contexte des politiques d'immigration mises en place qui visaient à encadrer la sélection des immigrants. De plus, nous effectuons une recension des articles traitant de l'efficacité relative de ces différentes politiques. Finalement, nous décrivons brièvement le système de sélection propre au Québec et ses impacts possibles sur les flux d'immigration.

Keywords: immigration; international comparisons; immigration; comparaisons internationales (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2004-06-01
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