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Ethnic Networks and the Employment of Asylum Seekers: Evidence from Germany

Felix Stips and Krisztina Kis-Katos ()
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Felix Stips: University of Göttingen
Krisztina Kis-Katos: University of Goettingen

No 12903, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Using novel registry data on the population of asylum seekers in Germany for the period from 2010 to 2016, and quasi-experimental variation induced by German allocation policies, we identify causal effects of the size and composition of local co-national networks on formal labor market access of asylum seekers. While the individual employment probability is not linked to network size, it increases with the number of employed local co-national asylum seekers and decreases with the number of non-employed network members, thereby underlining the central importance of network quality.

Keywords: social networks; refugees; employment; Germany; dispersal policies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J61 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 23 pages
Date: 2020-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-mig, nep-net and nep-ure
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