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

Anders, J; Burgess, S; Portes, J; (2021) The Long-Term Outcomes of Refugees: Tracking the Progress of the East African Asians. Journal of Refugee Studies , Article feaa078. 10.1093/jrs/feaa078. (In press).

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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 discuss from a theoretical and empirical perspective the possible factors that might influence—positively and negatively—their long-term economic outcomes and use data from the UK Census to describe those outcomes 40 years later. We show that their outcomes are at least as good as the population average, with the younger cohort performing better, and better than for economic migrants of the same ethnicity. At least for this group, refugee status, as distinct from ethnicity or immigrant status, appears to have been positively associated with their economic outcomes.

Type: Article
Title: The Long-Term Outcomes of Refugees: Tracking the Progress of the East African Asians
DOI: 10.1093/jrs/feaa078
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/jrs/feaa078
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
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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/10108619
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