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Social Security Regimes, Global Estimates, and Good Practices: The Status of Social Protection for International Migrants

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  • Avato, Johanna
  • Koettl, Johannes
  • Sabates-Wheeler, Rachel

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Summary Access to social protection differs widely amongst international migrants. Using new global data on bilateral migrant stocks, social security law, and bilateral social security agreements, we quantify the status of social protection of international migrants as belonging to one of four different regimes. Results suggest that approximately one quarter of global migrants fall under the most favorable regime, but these are largely north-north migrants. On the other hand, migrants from developing countries, in particular south-south migrants, are in a far less favorable position, having to depend largely on informal networks and self insurance as a way of minimizing risk.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 38 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (April)
Pages: 455-466

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:38:y:2010:i:4:p:455-466

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Keywords: migration social protection global portability access labor;

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Cited by:
  1. Robert Holzmann & Johannes Koettl, 2012. "Portability of Pension, Health, and other Social Benefits: Facts, Concepts, and Issues," CESifo Working Paper Series 4002, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Taha, N. & Messkoub, M. & Siegmann, K.A., 2013. "How portable is social security for migrant workers?," ISS Working Papers - General Series 573, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.
  3. Werding, Martin & McLennan, Stuart, 2011. "International portability of health-cost coverage : concepts and experience," Social Protection Discussion Papers 63929, The World Bank.

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