The role of internal migration in access to first job: A case study of Uganda

Does internal migration hasten labour market access for young women and men? This paper analyses data from the school-to-work transition survey in Uganda to address the topic. The main indicator used is the transition length to a first job with comparison made between young people in Uganda that have migrated inside the country and those who have never changed their residence.

This paper takes advantage of the comprehensive school-to-work transition surveys (SWTS) implemented by the ILO Work4Youth programme in order to compare labour market outcomes of Ugandan migrants and residents at destination areas. The author has focused on young people (aged 15 to 29 years old), as this category is the one most likely to migrate to begin their labour market transitions.