Social Determinants of Immigrant Selection

Social Determinants of Immigrant Selection

The United States, Canada, and Australia

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Self-selection theory predicts that skilled workers move to countries with more unequal labor markets, and unskilled workers to countries with more equal ones. However, this thesis alone fails to consider the structural process of uprooting in the sending countries and the process of group adaptation in the host countries. Kawano reveals that imbalanced development in peripheral countries induces emigration of skilled workers, and that economic and intellectual resources in the receiving coethnic groups positively affect adaptation, while social networks and English fluency negatively affect it. Racial discrimination in the U.S. is also a factor: Asian and Latino immigrants in Canada and Australia earn at least as much as native whites, but much less in the U.S.

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The declining skill and wage-earning power of immigrants has been a controversial topic in immigration research since the 1980s. Kawano's (economics, Daito Bunka U., Tokyo) study examines immigrant skills from quantitative and comparative sociological perspectives to explore why some immigrant groups have better skills than others. Coverage includes an overview of immigrant selection in general, and based on skills; histories of immigration in the U.S., Canada, and Australia highlighting the race-ethnic diversification and nativist responses in each wave; presentation of conceptual and empirical models developed for the study focusing on two dependent variables--the earnings differential and the educational attainment differential--and analyses of these variables in four analytical settings; and implications of the study's findings for immigration policy in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : LFB Scholarly Pub. LLC, 2006
ISBN: 9781593322298
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (xi, 171 pages) : illustrations


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