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A profile of the world's young developing country migrants / David J. McKenzie
Bib ID 3942962
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Author
McKenzie, David J
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : World Bank, Development Economics, Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, [2006] 
22, [9] p. : ill. ; 28 cm. 
Series

Policy research working papers ; 4021

Summary

The paper uses individual level census and household survey data to present a rich profile of the young developing migrants around the world. Youth are found to comprise a large share of all migrants, particularly in migration to other developing countries, with the probability of migration peaking in the late teens or early twenties. The paper examines in detail the age and gender composition of migrants, whether young migrants move alone or with a parent or spouse, their participation in schooling and work in the destination country, the types of jobs they do, and the age of return migration. The results suggest a high degree of commonality in the youth migrant experience across a number of destination countries. In particular, developing country youth tend to work in similar occupations all around the world, and are more concentrated in these occupations than older migrants or native youth. Nevertheless, there is also considerable heterogeneity among youth migrants: 29 percent of 18 to 24 year olds are attending school in their destination country, but another 29 percent are not working or in school. This illustrates both the potential of migration for building human capital, and the fear that lack of integration prevents it from being used.

Notes

"October 2006"--Cover.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 21-22).

Also available in an electronic version.

Subjects Immigrants.  |  Emigration and immigration.
Other authors/contributors World Bank. Development Economics. Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist
Also Titled

At head of title: Background paper to the 2007 World Development Report

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