The Heterogeneous Employment Outcomes of First- and Second-generation Immigrants in Belgium
Céline Piton and
Francois Rycx ()
No 20-002, Working Papers CEB from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles
This paper provides a comprehensive quantitative assessment of the employment performance of first- and second-generation immigrants in Belgium compared to that of natives. Using detailed quarterly data for the period 2008-2014, we find not only that first-generation immigrants face a substantial employment penalty (up to -36% points) vis-à-vis their native counterparts, but also that their descendants continue to face serious difficulties in accessing the labour market. The social elevator appears to be broken for descendants of two non-EU-born immigrants. Immigrant women are also found to be particularly affected. Among key drivers of access to employment, we find: i) education for the descendants of non-EU-born immigrants, and ii) proficiency in the host country language, citizenship acquisition, and (to a lesser extent) duration of residence for first-generation immigrants. Finally, estimates suggest that around a decade is needed for the employment gap between refugees and other foreign-born workers to be (largely) suppressed.
Keywords: First- and second-generation immigrants; employment; moderating factors (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J16 J21 J24 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur and nep-lab
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
https://dipot.ulb.ac.be/dspace/bitstream/2013/303396/3/wp20002.pdf Full text for the whole work, or for a work part (application/pdf)
Working Paper: The Heterogeneous Employment Outcomes of First- and Second-generation Immigrants in Belgium (2020)
Working Paper: The Heterogeneous Employment Outcomes of First- and Second-Generation Immigrants in Belgium (2020)
Working Paper: The heterogeneous employment outcomes of first- and second-generation immigrants in Belgium (2020)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:sol:wpaper:2013/303396
Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from
http://hdl.handle.ne ... lb.ac.be:2013/303396
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Working Papers CEB from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Benoit Pauwels ().