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Immigration Policy in Integrated National Economies

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  • Bauer, Thomas K.

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    (RWI)

  • Zimmermann, Klaus F.

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    (IZA and University of Bonn)

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Migration is an unavoidable aspect of globalization. While full flexibility is politically unfeasible, the paper argues for regulated openness. Migration in the age of globalization should be judged according to the labor market needs of the receiving countries. This would also serve best the demands of political leaders that seek reelection. Voters are happier with migrants if they are largely selected according to their value to the economy. In the current situation in developed countries it is best to select skilled migrants, and those who can produce non-tradable services. The need to import skilled labor might be limited by virtual migration through the Internet.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 170.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2000
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Publication status: published in: C. Lankowski (ed.): Responses to Globalization in Germany and the United States, AICGS Research Report No. 10, Washington, D. C., 1999, 15-30
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp170

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  2. Bellemare, C., 2004. "A Life-Cycle Model of Outmigration and Economic Assimilation of Immigrants in Germany," Discussion Paper, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research 2004-29, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  3. Victoria Chorny & Rob Euwals & Kees Folmer, 2007. "Immigration policy and welfare state design; a qualitative approach to explore the interaction," CPB Document, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis 153, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  4. Eileen Trzcinski, 2006. "Integration of immigrant mothers in Germany: policy issues and empirical outcomes," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer, vol. 25(5), pages 489-512, December.
  5. Stephen Drinkwater, 2003. "Go West? Assessing the willingness to move from Central and Eastern European Countries," School of Economics Discussion Papers, School of Economics, University of Surrey 0503, School of Economics, University of Surrey.
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  8. Wolfgang Ochel, 2001. "Selektive Einwanderungspolitik: Punktesystem versus Auktionsmodell," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 54(08), pages 32-38, 05.

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