A Longitudinal Analysis of Immigrant Occupational Mobility: A Test of the Immigrant Assimilation Hypothesis

B.R. Chiswick, Y.L. Lee, Paul Miller

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Abstract

This article develops a model of the occupational mobility of immigrants and tests the hypotheses using data on males from the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia, Panel I. The theoretical model generates hypotheses regarding a U-shaped pattern of occupational mobility from the "last job" in the origin, to the "first job" in the destination, to subsequent jobs in the destination, and regarding the depth of the "U." The survey includes data on pre-immigration occupation, the "first" occupation in Australia (at six months) and the occupation after about three-and-a-half years in Australia. The hypotheses are supported by the empirical analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-353
JournalInternational Migration Review
Volume39
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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