Skip to main navigation Skip to main content
The University of Southampton
Economic, Social and Political Sciences

Economics Research featured in ESRC

Published: 13 July 2011 Origin:  Economics

New research by Govert E. Bijwaard (NIDI), Christian Schluter and Jackline Wahba sheds light on the nexus of unemployment and immigrants' return decision.

The research is based on administrative data covering all labour immigrants to the Netherlands in the period 1999-2007. The research shows that unemployment clearly increases the probability of immigrants to return to their home countries. This finding holds true regardless of whether the immigrants are from 'old' or 'new' EU member states, from more developed countries, or from less developed countries.

The researchers conclude that their findings "challenge the perception that labour immigrants are attracted by the generosity of the welfare state in the Netherlands since almost half of recent labour immigrants leave if they experience unemployment".

For more information visit:

Related Staff Member

Related Staff Member

Privacy Settings