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Are Migrants Selected on Motivational Orientations?

Migration scholars often assume migrants are the most ambitious and motivated individuals of their home countries. Yet research on motivational selectivity is scant. We present the first systematic cross-national analysis of migrants’ selectivity on achievement-related motivational orientations (ARMOs). We measure ARMOs using a validated scale that combines orientations towards socioeconomic success, risk, and money. Matching […]


Ethnic and migrant penalties in job quality in the UK: the role of residential concentration and occupational clustering

Migrants and ethnic minorities in the UK are found to be disadvantaged in their access to work and earnings, but little is known about the characteristics of the jobs they occupy. This paper studies whether migrants and UK-born ethnic minorities attain similar jobs compared to their white British peers by clustering 17 indicators of job […]


Different patterns of labour market integration by migration motivation in Europe: the role of host country human capital

We study whether individual decisions to invest in the host country, such as taking up training, improving language skills, or naturalisation explain differences in labour market integration between migrants depending on their initial motivation. We use cross-national European data from the 2008 ad-hoc module of the labour force survey and use an estimated dependent variable […]

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