Using 2010–2017 data we compare the labour market outcomes of refugees (those who migrated to seek asylum), natives (UK-born) and other migrants in the UK (work, study and family migrants). The results indicate that refugees are less likely to be employed and earn less than natives and other migrants. The evidence suggests that differences in health status (particularly mental health) may be one of the factors that partly explain these gaps. Employment growth of refugees between 2010 and 2016 was significantly higher than that of other migrants, but this was not the case for earnings.
Vargas-Silva, C. and Ruiz, I. (2018) Differences in labour market outcomes between natives, refugees and other migrants in the UK, Journal of Economic Geography, lby027, https://doi.org/10.1093/jeg/lby027