Labor Market Integration of Refugees in Finland

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This paper documents Finland’s policy response to the increase in asylum applications in 2015 and the labor market performance of earlier immigrants living in Finland. Immigrants born in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia had substantially lower employment rates, earned less and received more social benefits than other immigrant groups or natives in 1990–2013. The immigrant-native gaps in employment and earnings decreased over time but remained large. Ten years after arriving in Finland, the average earnings of immigrant men from these countries were only 22–38 percent of the average earnings of native men of the same age. The relative earnings of women were even smaller. Furthermore, the difference in equivalence-scaled social benefits persisted over time despite the narrowing of earnings gaps.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordic Economic Policy Review
Subtitle of host publicationLabour Market Integration in the Nordic Countries
ISBN (Electronic)978-92-893-4936-9
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeB2 Part of a book or another research book

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    Sarvimäki, M. (2017). Labor Market Integration of Refugees in Finland. In Nordic Economic Policy Review: Labour Market Integration in the Nordic Countries (1 ed., Vol. 7, pp. 91-114)