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August 14, 2010

AUGUST 14, 2010, 9:00 AM
The Job Market for Immigrants

By CATHERINE RAMPELL
A few months back, we observed that last year, and for the first time since 2003, foreign-born workers were more likely to be unemployed than their counterparts born in the United States. The unemployment rate was only slightly higher for immigrants to the United States than for American natives, however; immigrants in other industrialized countries did not fare so well.

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Developmentā€™s recent International Migration Outlook 2010 report, there is a much bigger disparity between the employment fates of immigrants and nonimmigrants in other rich countries:

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Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
In Belgium, for example, the unemployment rate for immigrants was nearly two and a half times as high as it was for the native-born.

The one country included in these data where immigrants did better than the native-born was Hungary. A commentary from the O.E.C.D. attributes this to the fact that arriving immigrants to Hungary tend to have jobs waiting for them.

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