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In and out of the ethnic economy: A longitudinal analysis of ethnic networks and pathways to economic success across immigrant categories

TitleIn and out of the ethnic economy: A longitudinal analysis of ethnic networks and pathways to economic success across immigrant categories
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsRoth, W. D., Seidel M-D. L., Ma D., and Lo E.
JournalInternational Migration Review
Volume46
Pages310 - 361
Keywordsethnic economy, immigration, social networks
Abstract

The economic benefits to immigrants of taking jobs in ethnic workplaces, relative to the open economy, are heavily debated. We examine longitudinally differences across immigrant categories in how the choice of ethnic or non-ethnic workplace influences the ethnic composition of social networks and how these factors impact immigrants' economic success. Using the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada, with data 6 months, 2 years, and 4 years after arrival, we find support for both sides of the ethnic economy debate when it is qualified by immigrant category. While economic immigrants benefit from non-ethnic workplaces, family immigrants face economic penalties in the open economy and do better in ethnic workplaces. We argue that policies sorting immigrants into visa categories do much of the work of leading them into segmented paths of incorporation.

URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1747-7379.2012.00889.x/abstract
DOI10.1111/j.1747-7379.2012.00889.x
Document URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1747-7379.2012.00889.x/pdf