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The Importance of Origin and Destination Country Skills for Labour Market Attachment of Immigrants from Pakistan, Iran and Turkey

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Jacob Nielsen Arendt ,

The Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research, DK
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Chantal Pohl Nielsen,

The Danish National Centre for Social Research, Herluf Trollesgade 11, 1052 Copenhagen K, DK
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Vibeke Jakobsen

The Danish National Centre for Social Research, DK
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Abstract

This study explores how qualifications acquired prior to migration affect employment of adult immigrants in the destination country. It explores the direct effect as well as indirect effects arising through destination country investments. The study combines survey information on destination country language proficiency and education level from the country of origin with administrative records on employment and education acquired in the destination country. The results neither show evidence of direct transferability nor of indirect employment gains from foreign skills when complemented by domestic language proficiency. Yet, foreign educated do acquire more education in the destination country, that raises their employment.

How to Cite: Arendt, J.N., Nielsen, C.P. and Jakobsen, V., 2016. The Importance of Origin and Destination Country Skills for Labour Market Attachment of Immigrants from Pakistan, Iran and Turkey. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 6(2), pp.72–80. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1515/njmr-2016-0015
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