Benefit or burden? Social capital, gender, and the economic adaptation of refugees

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Abstract

This paper examines the role of co-ethnic social capital on the earnings of refugees, using a unique data set for adult refugees who resettled in Portland, Maine, between 1998 and 2004. Multiple regression models test the effect of access to co-ethnic social capital on the log earnings of refugees in their first and most recent years of work. Results show that over time access to co-ethnic social capital upon arrival decreased earnings for female refugees. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications of the findings for social capital and immigration research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-365
Number of pages34
JournalInternational Migration Review
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 16 2009

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