Patterns of Immigrant Occupational Attainment in a Longitudinal Survey
Article first published online: 22 OCT 2003
Volume 41, Issue 4, pages 47–69, December 2003
How to Cite
Chiswick, B. R., Lee, Y. L. and Miller, P. W. (2003), Patterns of Immigrant Occupational Attainment in a Longitudinal Survey. International Migration, 41: 47–69. doi: 10.1111/1468-2435.00252
- Issue published online: 22 OCT 2003
- Article first published online: 22 OCT 2003
This paper uses data from the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia to examine the empirical relevance of a model of immigrant occupational mobility. Consistent with the model, there is a U-shaped pattern of occupational change from the pre-immigration occupation through to the occupation held after three-and-a-half years in Australia. The U is shallower for immigrants from countries similar to Australia than it is for immigrants from countries that differ more in language, occupational requirements, and labour market structure. The U-shaped pattern is deeper for immigrants who are refugees than for family migrants and is the least deep for economic migrants.