The Slump and Immigration Policy in Europe
AbstractHistorical experience suggests that when a period of rising immigration is followed by a sudden slump, this can trigger a policy backlash. This has not occurred in the current recession. This paper examines three links in the chain between the slump and immigration policy. First, although immigration flows have responded to the slump, and immigrants have borne more than their share of the burden, this has done little to protect the employment of non-immigrants. Second, despite the recession for Europe as a whole, attitudes to immigration have not changed very much, and they have been influenced more by fiscal concerns than by rising unemployment. Third, while far right parties have used the recession to renew the political pressure for tougher immigration policies, governments have been constrained by the composition of immigration and by EU regulation.
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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2014
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Publication status: forthcoming in P. Bevelander and B. Petersson (eds.) Crisis and Migration: Implications of the Eurozone crisis for perceptions, politics, and policies of migration, Nordic Academic Press.
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- Timothy J. Hatton, 2014. "The Slump and Immigration Policy in Europe," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1401, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
- Tim Hatton, 2013. "The Slump and Immigration Policy in Europe," CEPR Discussion Papers 686, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.
- F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
- F52 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - National Security; Economic Nationalism
- J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2014-03-08 (All new papers)
- NEP-EEC-2014-03-08 (European Economics)
- NEP-INT-2014-03-08 (International Trade)
- NEP-MIG-2014-03-08 (Economics of Human Migration)
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