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Volume 5, Issue 1 (Mar 2015)

Over-Education Amongst the Children of Immigrants in Sweden

Inge Dahlstedt
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  • Department of Global Political Studies and Malmö Institute for Studies on Migration Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University, Sweden
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Published Online: 2015-03-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/njmr-2015-0003


The main focus of the article is whether immigrants‘ descendants have the same occupational mismatch as immigrants, or whether their experiences reflect those of the population with Swedish-born parents. Register data for the entire population of Sweden for the year 2007 is used for a multivariate analysis. All employed individuals aged between 25 and 64 have been selected. The main results show that the descendant generation has lower levels of mismatch compared to the immigrant generation: the male descendant population shows higher odds of being over-educated, whereas the female descendant population does not significantly differ in this from Swedish-born individuals with two Swedish-born parents

Keywords: Labour market; integration; immigration; occupational mismatch; second generation; over-education


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Received: 2014-01-08

Accepted: 2015-01-06

Published Online: 2015-03-01

Citation Information: Nordic Journal of Migration Research, ISSN (Online) 1799-649X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/njmr-2015-0003. Export Citation

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