Labour force participation and employment of humanitarian migrants: evidence from the Building a New Life in Australia longitudinal data

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Abstract

This study uses the longitudinal data from the Building a New Life in Australia survey to examine the relationships between human capital and labour market participation and employment status among recently arrived/approved humanitarian migrants. We find that the likelihood of participating in the labour force is higher for those who had pre-immigration paid job experience, completed study/job training and have better job searching knowledge/skills in Australia and possess higher proficiency in spoken English. We find that the chance of getting a paid job is negatively related to having better pre-immigration education, but it is positively related to having unpaid work experience and job searching skills in Australia, and better health. We also explore the ethical implications of the findings.

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JournalJournal of Business Ethics
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 May 2019

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Keywords

  • Australia
  • Employment status
  • Human capital
  • Humanitarian migrant
  • Labour force participation
  • Settlement

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