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The Long-Term Outcomes of Refugees: Tracking the Progress of the East African Asians

Anders, J; Burgess, S; Portes, J; (2018) The Long-Term Outcomes of Refugees: Tracking the Progress of the East African Asians. (IZA Discussion Papers 11609). Institute of Labor Economics: Bonn, Germany. Green open access

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Abstract

Refugees are often perceived as an economic "burden", as the current debate on the European refugee crisis illustrates. But there is little quantitative evidence on the medium-term outcomes of refugees in the UK. We fill this gap by looking at the case of "East African Asians" who arrived as refugees in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We use data from the UK Census to describe their economic outcomes forty years later. We show that their outcomes are at least as good as the population average, with the younger cohort performing better. Refugee status, as distinct from ethnicity or immigrant status, appears to have a positive impact.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: The Long-Term Outcomes of Refugees: Tracking the Progress of the East African Asians
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.iza.org/publications/dp/11609/the-long...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Migration, Refugees, East African Asians
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership > Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10050739
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