Unwelcome guests? The effects of refugees on the educational outcomes of incumbent students

David N Figlio, Umut Özek

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Abstract

A point of contention in the refugee crisis involves possible adverse effects on host communities associated with poor, low-skilled migrants withlowhost-communitylanguage knowledge. We use unique matched birth and schooling records to examine the effects of a large influx of poor, non-English-speaking Haitian migrants into Florida public schools immediately following the devastating 2010 earth-quake. We find zero or modestly positive estimated effects of these migrants on the educational outcomes of incumbent students in the year of the earthquake or in the 2 years that follow, regardless of the socioeconomic status, grade level, ethnicity, or birthplace of incumbent students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Labor Economics
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Refugees
Education
Incumbents
Migrants
Earthquake
Socioeconomic status
Schooling
Public schools
Ethnic groups

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  • Industrial relations
  • Economics and Econometrics

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