Unto a Better Land?: Immigrant Selectivity, Transnational Status Loss, and Subjective Economic Well-Being
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There is mounting interest in immigrant “selectivity”—how migrants differ from non-migrants— and how this might impact their host country assimilation. The authors argue that observed selection as proxied by education level is largely explained by access to social and economic resources in the source country, and discuss implications of this proposition. In particular, much of the “drive” or “optimism” commonly attributed to immigrant minorities may stem not so much from self-selection on innate traits—a frequent speculation—as from a desire to recuperate social status held prior to migration. To assess this possibility, an empirical analysis taps the subjective economic well-being of over 5,000 immigrants from 140 national origins in 20 destination countries using European Social Survey data. As predicted, those higher educated by origin country than host country standards make more dismal assessments of their current social status and financial situation than do other immigrants in otherwise similar circumstances.
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-135796OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-135796DiVA: diva2:1049137
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2009-1320Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2012-1741Swedish Research Council, 421-2012-5598