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The Transition from School to Work for Children of Immigrants with Lower-Level Educational Credentials in the United States and France
Sociology
  • Amy Lutz
  • Yaël Brinbaum, University of Burgundy at Centre d’études de l’emploi (CEE), at the Institute of Research in Education (IREDU) and INED
  • Dalia Abdelhady, Lund University
Document Type
Article
Date
7-1-2014
Keywords
  • second generation,
  • children of immigrants,
  • Mexicans,
  • North Africans,
  • Labor Market,
  • employment,
  • France,
  • United States
Language
English
Disciplines
Description/Abstract
This paper compares the transition from school to work among Mexican-origin youth in the United States and North African-origin youth in France relative to the native-majority youth with similar low-level credentials. The goal is to understand the extent to which these groups experience ethnic penalties in the labor market not explained by social class, low-level credentials, or other characteristics. The patterns of employment for second-generation minorities play out differently in the two contexts. In France, lack of access to jobs is a source of disadvantage for North African children of immigrants, while in the United States, second-generation Mexicans do not suffer from a lack of employment. Indeed, the Mexican second-generation shows a uniquely high level of employment. We argue that high levels of youth unemployment, as in France, mean greater ethnic penalties for second-generation minorities.
Citation Information
Lutz, Amy, Yaël Brinbaum, and Dalia Abdelhady. 2014. “The Transition from School to Work for Children of Immigrants with Lower-Level Educational Credentials in the United States and France” Comparative Migration Studies 2(2): 227-254.
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