Posted: 20 Apr 2015 12:06 AM PDT
Posted: 19 Apr 2015 05:39 AM PDT
From Vox EU:
Figure 1. Refugee-country immigrants in Denmark
Figure 2. The short- and long-run differences in native outcomes
We then focus on the groups with lower wage and higher probability of unemployment, namely those who were young and had a low-tenure job as of 1994 and we compare their performance between high and low refugee-immigration municipalities. These groups are also those with larger potential lifetime gains from changing occupation and upgrading. And in fact, for those groups, job complexity and wages increased the most. Older (over 45 years of age) and long-tenured workers did not take advantage of immigration complementarity, did not experience a wage growth, and some may have retired earlier.
Summary and concluding remarks
Overall, our study finds that a labour market that encourages occupational mobility and allows low-skilled immigrants can generate an effective mechanism to produce upward wage and skill mobility of less educated natives, especially the young and low-tenure ones.
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