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The role of immigration policies for immigrants’ selection and economic success

Irena Kogan

No 15/05, ImPRovE Working Papers from Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp

Abstract: This study aims at exploring whether host-country immigration policies related to the selection of immigrants with regard to human capital and other characteristics relevant for the labour market are effective and result in these immigrants’ more favourable economic integration. The focus in on immigration policies in two groups of countries. We compare liberal regimes (Ireland and the UK) which policies aimed at attracting highly-skilled immigrants to meet these countries’ economic needs in highly-skilled jobs with those of Southern European countries (Italy, Spain and Greece), which pursued more lax and unselective policies, trying to attract labour force for low-skilled jobs in their countries’ economies. Economic immigrants are expected to have favourable employment entry chances in each group of countries, not least due to the fact that the supply of immigrants apparently met the labour demand in host countries’ economies. We also expect that more selective policies attracting better-qualified immigrants in Ireland and the UK would lead to these immigrants’ better chances of higher-quality employment.

Keywords: immigration policies; immigrants’ selection; immigrants’ human capital; immigrants’ labour market integration; comparative research (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I26 J14 J24 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-mfd and nep-mig
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