Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/185069
Authors: 
Anders, Jake
Burgess, Simon
Portes, Jonathan
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 11609
Abstract: 
Refugees are often perceived as an economic "burden", as the current debate on the European refugee crisis illustrates. But there is little quantitative evidence on the medium-term outcomes of refugees in the UK. We fill this gap by looking at the case of "East African Asians" who arrived as refugees in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We use data from the UK Census to describe their economic outcomes forty years later. We show that their outcomes are at least as good as the population average, with the younger cohort performing better. Refugee status, as distinct from ethnicity or immigrant status, appears to have a positive impact.
Subjects: 
migration
refugees
East African Asians
JEL: 
J15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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