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The labour market impact of refugee waves


Recent research has challenged the consensus that sudden inflows of refugees have little or no impact on natives’ wages and employment, claiming instead that there are uniformly large detrimental effects on natives without school qualifications. Michael Clemens and Jennifer Hunt demonstrate the flaws in this analysis: the labour market impact of immigration is small even on natives with low skill levels.


Michael A. Clemens and Jennifer Hunt

1 November 2017     Paper Number CEPCP519

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This CentrePiece article is published under the centre's Labour markets programme.