The impact of Human Capital and Social Capital on the Immigrants Employment Participation in the Netherlands

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The SPVA survey is a large-scale, cross-sectional, immigrant-specific survey. It contains detailed information on the socio-economic and socio-cultural position of four large non-Western immigrant groups (i.e., Turks, Moroccans, Surinamese and Dutch Antilleans) in the Netherlands. By using data of SPVA, ‘To what extend the human capital and social capital have a positive impact on the employment participation of non-Western background immigrants in the Netherlands?’ is examined in this thesis. This study differs from the previous studies with respect to data approach to perform the empirical analysis. Different from the earlier studies, the surveys are separately examined as it was originally designed instead of combining or pooling the data set. The main conclusions are as follows. In contrast to Kanas (2011), it is found that the immigrants who have not experienced difficulty while speaking Dutch are more likely to be employed in the Dutch labour market. Unlike Chiswick and Wang (2016), the immigrants who have lower education level which is obtained in the Netherlands are less likely to be employed. In addition to these, work experience acquired in the host country has a positive impact on the employment participation of the immigrants, whereas bad health status has a negative effect.
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