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Language and Migration

  • Alícia Adserà
  • Mariola Pytliková

Abstract

Language proficiency is extremely important for international migrants. Better language proficiency means easier assimilation in the host country and greater returns to human capital as well as better job opportunities and job matches, among other things. In addition language skills surely influence a number of non-economic outcomes such as social integration, the size of the migrant’s social network, his or her political participation and civic engagement, as well as educational attainment, health outcomes and family life. Familiarity with the destination language helps to minimize migration costs (both the direct out-of-pocket expenses and the psychological costs of leaving the home country) and serves as an informational channel to learn about other determinants of migration.

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Labour Market Human Capital Ordinary Little Square Host Country Language Skill 
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