The Incidence of worklessness among new immigrants in England

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    Abstract

    This paper investigates the incidence of worklessness among recent immigrants in England using data from the Labour Force Survey and logistic multilevel modelling. The model takes into account individual and contextual factors impacting upon the risk of worklessness of immigrants from ‘established’ and ‘new’ immigrant groups. The results suggest that the disadvantage of non-white immigrants in England persists, with recent immigrants from Bangladesh and Pakistan found to have higher odds of worklessness than other immigrants. Non-white immigrants originating in countries outside the Commonwealth are found to be nearly as disadvantaged in the labour market. Conversely, immigrants from the EU Accession countries are found to be less likely to be workless compared to other immigrant groups. The results also suggest that contextual factors influence the incidence of worklessness among new immigrants with those living in the most deprived areas or in ethically dense areas facing a higher risk of worklessness.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationhost publication
    Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2012
    Event2012 Population Association of America annual meeting - San Francisco, CA
    Duration: 3 May 20125 May 2012

    Conference

    Conference2012 Population Association of America annual meeting
    CitySan Francisco, CA
    Period3/05/125/05/12

    Keywords

    • worklessness, ethnic penalty, new immigration, deprivation, ethnic density

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