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Migration across developed countries: German immigrants in Sweden and the US

Journal article
Authors Y. Haberfeld
D. P. Birgier
Christer Lundh
Erik Elldér
Published in International Migration
Pages 24
ISSN 0020-7985
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Economy and Society, Unit for Human Geography
Department of Economy and Society, Economic History
Pages 24
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1111/imig.12706
Keywords former soviet-union, self-selection, economic assimilation, earnings, employment, israel, Demography
Subject categories Economic History

Abstract

The present study evaluates the interplay between the effects of host countries' characteristics and self-selection patterns of immigrants from a highly developed country on their economic assimilation in other developed countries. The focus is on immigrants originated from Germany during 1990-2000 who migrated to Sweden and the US. The results show that almost all German immigrants reached full earnings assimilation with natives of similar observed attributes, and that the assimilation of highly educated Germans was better than that of the less educated. It was also found that the skilled immigrants were compensated for their human capital acquired in Germany. Finally, the better assimilation of German immigrants, especially the highly educated, took place in the US. This finding was probably the result of an interaction between the Germans' pattern of self-selection and the US context of reception.

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