East-European immigrants responding to the recession in Britain: Is there a trade-off between unemployment and over-qualification?

Nabil Khattab, Jon Fox

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Abstract

Most studies demonstrating the vulnerability of labour migrants following the recession have focused on unemployment. This article examines how the labour market performance of East-European workers in the U.K. has been affected by the recession by focussing on four possible employment outcomes: unemployment, self-employment, over-qualification and part-time jobs. By showing the relatively low rates of unemployment amongst East-European migrants, which have become even lower following the recession, it argues that the vulnerability of immigrants in periods of economic downturn cannot always be solely measured in higher rates of immigrant unemployment. Labour migrants may be prompted to take jobs (any jobs) below their skills and qualifications, thus suggesting a ‘trade-off’ between unemployment and over-qualification.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1774-1789
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Volume42
Issue number11
Early online date4 Apr 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

Structured keywords

  • SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship

Keywords

  • East Europeans
  • poles
  • labour market
  • migration
  • UK
  • ethnic-penalties

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