Immigration and the Labor Market in Metropolitan Buenos Aires

Alicia Maguid

in International Migration

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199269006
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601309 | DOI:

Series: International Studies in Demography

 Immigration and the Labor Market in Metropolitan Buenos Aires

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Until 1991, Argentina experienced rising immigration from border countries to fulfill a segmented demand for labour within specific sectors; but structural economic change had negative consequences for employment, as the number of jobs in construction, industry, and services contracted. Given the narrowing of employment options and the shrinking of Argentine employment, it is not clear what will happen to immigration from border countries, but the data presented here suggest that the concentration of border workers will increase in construction and services and that within these sectors they will be employed on increasingly unfavourable terms.

Keywords: immigration; Mercosur; segmented labour markets; structural adjustment; unauthorized migration

Chapter.  6546 words. 

Subjects: Economic Systems

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