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Migration regulation contagion

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Brücker, Herbert; Schröder, Philipp J.H.

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Abstract "This article examines the political economy of selective immigration policy in a model where decision makers are uncertain about the characteristics of migrants. The analysis focuses on two questions: first, how does a selective immigration policy affect the number of immigrants who are admitted by the receiving country; second, how does a selective immigration policy in one country affect immigration policies in other countries. We find (I) that countries with selective immigration policies ceteris paribus tend to admit more migrants than countries without such policies, and (II) that neighbouring countries will follow each other in implementing selective immigration policies, i.e. there is diffusion. These theoretical findings are supported by evidence from an econometric panel analysis of immigration policies in 15 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in the period from 1980 to 2005." (author's abstract)
Keywords international migration; immigration policy; impact; regulation; immigration; migrant; level of qualification; qualification; occupation; international comparison; OECD member country
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration
Free Keywords immigration regulation; skill-selective immigration policies
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 315-335
Journal European Union Politics, 12 (2011) 3
ISSN 1465-1165
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.