Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/144497
Authors: 
Corluy, Vincent
Haemels, Joost
Marx, Ive
Verbist, Gerlinde
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Research 285
Abstract: 
Belgium has one of the largest gaps in labour market outcomes between natives and individuals of foreign origin. One might expect that the children of migrants (the so-called second generation) would perform better than the first generation, as they ought to have a better knowledge of the local language, better educational qualifications and greater opportunities for work experience in the domestic labour market. On the basis of data from the ad hoc module of 2008 Labour Force Survey (LFS) we find that employment rates for generation migrants in Belgium are hardly better than those for first generation migrants. This finding stands in marked contrast what is found in neighbouring countries. Using a unique combination of data sources, we examine the labour market position of second-generation migrants in more depth. We find considerable variation in labour market outcomes by country of origin and a Fairlie decomposition yields that education is an important explanatory factor of the employment rate gap. Yet there still remains a large unexplained part.
Subjects: 
Second generation immigrants
labour market outcomes
decomposition methods
educational attainment
JEL: 
J15
J21
J24
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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