Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35799
Authors: 
Jasso, Guillermina
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA discussion papers 3950
Abstract: 
This paper examines ethnicity among highly skilled immigrants to the United States. The paper focuses on five classic components of ethnicity -country of birth, race, skin color, language, and religion - among persons admitted to legal permanent residence in the United States in 2003 in the three main employment categories (EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3), using data collected in the U.S. New Immigrant Survey. Initial findings include: (1) The visa categories have distinctive ethnic configurations. India dominates EB-2 and European countries EB-1. (2) The ethnicity portfolio contains more languages than religions. (3) Language is shed before religion, and religion may not be shed at all, except among the ultra highly skilled of EB-1. (4) Highly skilled immigrants are mostly male; they are not immune from lapsing into illegality; they have a shorter visa process than their cohortmates; smaller proportions than in the cohort overall intend to remain in the United States. (5) Larger proportions in EB-2 and EB-3 sent remittances than in the cohort overall. (6) A little measure of assimilation - using dollars to describe earnings in the country of last residence, even when requested to use the country's currency - suggests that highly skilled immigrants are more likely to think in dollars than their cohortmates. Further work is taking a deeper look at these patterns in a multivariate context, attentive to selectivity processes and the Globalista impulse.
Subjects: 
Immigration policy
immigrant selection criteria
employment immigration
highly skilled immigration
illegal immigration
ethnicity
race
language
religion
remittances
assimilation
globalization
JEL: 
F22
F24
J15
J24
J61
J68
K42
O15
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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