30 Percent Lower Income : A Follow-up of the Swedish 2008 Labour Migration Reform

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30 Percent Lower Income : A Follow-up of the Swedish 2008 Labour Migration Reform

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Publication Article, other scientific
Title 30 Percent Lower Income : A Follow-up of the Swedish 2008 Labour Migration Reform
Author Emilsson, Henrik ; Irastorza, Nahikari
Research Centre Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM)
Date 2019
English abstract
In 2008, Sweden introduced a non-selective labour migration policy without labour market tests and human capital considerations. This article studies the effects of the policy change on the size, composition and labour market outcomes. Using longitudinal register data, we find that the 2008 liberalizations of the Swedish labour migration policy increased the number of labour migrants from non-EU countries. Post-reform labour migrant cohorts have on average lower level of human capital, and the lower level of human capital translates into worse labour market outcomes. One year after migration, post-reform cohorts have a higher skills-mismatch and about 30 percent lower income. Migration controls against abuse introduced in 2011 and 2012 improved the labour market outcomes somewhat.
Publisher Malmö University
Host/Issue MIM Working Paper Series;19:1
Language eng (iso)
Subject Labour Market Integration
Labour migration
Migration policy
Sweden
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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