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IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy
Now and forever? Initial and subsequent location choices of immigrants
Abstract: This paper exploits a natural experiment to study the
influence of regional factors on initial and subsequent location choices
among immigrants. The results suggest that immigrants to Sweden are
attracted to regions with high representation from the individual’s birth
country and large overall immigrant populations. Labor market opportunities
affect location decisions, but people also tend to choose localities with
many welfare recipients. The impact of most regional factors does not
change over time. Thus, there is little evidence that information improves
or that preferences differ between initial and subsequent stages.
Keywords: Immigration; location choice; secondary migration; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J15; J18; J61; R23; (follow links to similar papers)
39 pages, September 7, 2001
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