Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/26472
Authors: 
Geis, Wido
Uebelmesser, Silke
Werding, Martin
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo working paper 2427
Abstract: 
Building on a new data set which is combined from national micro-data bases, we highlight differences in the structure of migrants to four countries, viz. France, Germany, the UK and the US, which receive a substantial share of all immigrants to the OECD world. Looking at immigrants by source countries, we illustrate the important role of distance, both geographical and cultural, immigration policies and migrant networks. Differentiating immigrants by their educational attainments, we observe interesting patterns in the skill composition, employment opportunities and wages for migrants to the different destination countries. Focusing on migration between the four countries in our data set, we find that migration within Western Europe is small and rather balanced in terms of skill structures, while there appears to be a brain drain from Europe to the US.
Subjects: 
Migration
immigration policy
education
employment
wages
brain drain
JEL: 
J21
J31
J61
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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