DP3527 Enclaves, Language and the Location Choice of Migrants

Author(s): Thomas Bauer, Gil S Epstein, Ira Gang
Publication Date: September 2002
Keyword(s): enclave, ethnic concentration, ethnic goods, immigrants, language skills, networks
JEL(s): F22, J15, J61
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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Empirical studies in the migration literature have shown that migration enclaves (networks) negatively affect the language proficiency of migrants. These studies, however, ignore the choice of location as a function of language skills. Using data on Mexican migration to the US, we show that migrants choose smaller networks as their English language proficiency improves.