The Effect of Age at Migration on Poverty among Immigrants: Differences by Country of Origin

Colloquium | September 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Alisa C. Lewin, University of Haifa, Israel Institute Visiting Faculty, Stanford University Visiting Associate Professor

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Determinants of Poverty among Post-1990 Immigrants in Israel: Does Age at Migration Matter?

This study examines the effect of age at migration on poverty among immigrants to Israel. Migrants arriving as children are less likely to experience poverty as adults because they acquired their education in the host country. Working-aged immigrants typically interrupt their employment, and are likely to encounter some economic hardship. Immigrants arriving at older ages may encounter severe difficulties in finding employment and they have fewer years to accrue pension benefits, thus they are the most vulnerable. Those arriving after age fifty have higher odds of being in poverty than those migrating at younger ages.

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