IZA DP No. 558: Enclaves, Language and the Location Choice of Migrants
published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2005, 18 (4), 649–662
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.