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Wage and occupational assimilation by skill level: migration policy lessons from Spain

Núria Rodríguez-Planas

Author Affiliations

IZA, Bonn, and IAE-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

IZA Journal of European Labor Studies 2012, 1:8  doi:10.1186/2193-9012-1-8

Published: 31 December 2012


What are the migration policy lessons that can be learned from the Spanish case? Unlike countries with a large tradition of receiving immigrants, in Spain having a high-school degree does not give immigrants an advantage in terms wage or occupational assimilation (relative to their native counterparts). This paper discusses the potential explanations behind this result and analyzes the consequences of this result in terms of migration policy recommendations.

JEL codes

J15, J24, J61, J62

Wage assimilation; Occupational assimilation; Education; Migration policy