The Political Economy of Refugee Migration
AbstractThis article examines the driving forces of the magnitude, composition and duration of refugee movements caused by conflict and persecution. The decision to seek temporary or permanent refuge in the region of origin or in a more distant asylum destination is based on inter-temporal optimization. We find that asylum seeking in Western countries is rather a phenomenon of comparatively less persecuted people. In an attempt to reduce their respective asylum burdens, Western countries and host countries in the region of origin are likely to end up in a race to the bottom of restrictive asylum policies. Alternatively, this study shows that, under certain circumstances, proactive refugee-related aid transfers are an effective instrument to relieve Western countries from asylum pressure.
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Volume (Year): 229 (2009)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
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Refugee movements; asylum policy; foreign aid;
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- F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
- J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
- P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism
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