Labour force participation and employment of humanitarian migrants

evidence from the Building a New Life in Australia longitudinal data

Zhiming Cheng*, Ben Zhe Wang, Lucy Taksa

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

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

Keywords

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

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