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Department of Economics, Stockholm University Research Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, Stockholm University

No 2002:9:
Employment Convergence of Immigrants and Natives in Sweden

Lena Nekby

Abstract: This study examines the employment convergence patterns of

various immigrant groups to natives in Sweden. Using data with

annual information (1990-1997) on more than 200,000 individuals,

the probability of being regularly employed is estimated, by gender

and region of birth, for immigrants with varying duration of

residence in Sweden. The results indicate that employment

convergence occurs primarily during the first 10 to 15 years after

immigration and that significant differences to natives remain

thereafter. East and Non European immigrants indicate 55 70

percent lower chances of being regularly employed, compared to

natives, after twenty years in Sweden.

Keywords: Immigration; Employment; Discrimination; Gender; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: J15; J16; J21; J61; (follow links to similar papers)

37 pages, April 14, 2002

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