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Working Paper 203 - Immigrants, Skills and Wages in the Gambian Labor Market


Migration has been a livelihood strategy for many Africans, particularly for refugees and youth looking for better economic prospects. This paper focuses on a related issue – the characteristics and impact of immigrants that have migrated and become part of The Gambian labor market. Using original data from the 2003 and 2010 Household Poverty Surveys, we analyze the labor market status of the immigrants, their individual characteristics, their sectors of activity and wages. Our paper sheds light on the interaction among employment, skills and labor market returns in the context of a country that has both a non-trivial immigrant population and a high emigration rate among the skilled population.

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