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The Labor Market Integration of Refugees and other Migrants in Germany

Fenet Bedaso

No 884, GLO Discussion Paper Series from Global Labor Organization (GLO)

Abstract: Using the panel data from 1995 to 2019, this paper investigates the labor market integration of non-EU immigrants in Germany. The existing evidence shows that the economic outcomes of migrants are far behind natives. However, immigrants are a heterogeneous group in terms of their motives for migration and skills composition. In this paper, I disentangle immigrants into refugees and other migrants and compare the employment probability gap between refugees, other migrants, and natives. I also examine whether refugees have a lower employment outcome than other migrants and to what extent the level of education, language proficiency, health status, years since migration, and cohort effects explain the employment gap between the refugees and other migrants. The result confirms that refugees and other migrants are less likely to be employed than natives and the employment gap is much higher for refugees. I also find evidence of heterogeneity across gender. Other migrant men do not significantly differ from native men in the probability of being employed. In contrast, refugee women have an economic disadvantage than other migrant women and native women. I find no evidence that health status differences attribute to the employment gap between refugees, other migrants, and natives. Finally, this paper highlights the importance of the migration category when assessing the integration of immigrants into the labor market.

Keywords: Employment; Refugees; other Migrants; Labor Market; Integration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J15 J21 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-lab, nep-mig and nep-ure
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