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Escalators, elevators and travelators: the occupational mobility of migrants to South-East England

Findlay, A.M. and Mason, C.M. and Houston, D. and McCollum, D. and Harrison, R.T. (2009) Escalators, elevators and travelators: the occupational mobility of migrants to South-East England. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 35 (6). pp. 861-879. ISSN 1369-183X

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    Abstract

    In a meritocratic society it is assumed that the chance of achieving occupational mobility (OM) is not strongly influenced by one's starting position in terms of class or ethnicity. This paper seeks to explain the drivers of the high levels of OM achieved by one ethnically defined group: the Scots. Educational attainment is shown to be particularly important. A second level of interest is the changing role of internal migrants to a global city in the face of increased international skilled immigration. We investigate whether there is any evidence that the OM of internal migrants is being hindered as a result. The evidence points instead to immobile local labour being more disadvantaged occupationally than mobile labour from peripheral regions of the state.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 17857
    Keywords: occupational mobility, escalator regions, global cities, Scottish migration, Communities. Classes. Races, Demography
    Subjects: Social Sciences > Communities. Classes. Races
    Department: Strathclyde Business School > Hunter Centre For Entrepreneurship
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      Date Deposited: 06 May 2010 12:36
      Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 02:57
      URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/17857

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