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Immigration amnesties in the southern EU member states - a challenge for the entire EU?

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  • Tim Krieger

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    (University of Paderborn)

  • Steffen Minter

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    (University of Paderborn)

Abstract

The question of how to proceed with illegal immigrants arriving in the southern EU member states is one of the pressing policy issues for the EU. In our article we will provide a thorough analysis of immigration policy and immigration amnesties from an economist’s perspective. In particular, we are interested in answering questions such as why (at all) some states legalize irregular immigrants and what effects unilateral policy measures in this field have in an economic union such as the EU. While most of the work in the area of immigration amnesties focuses on the single country case we extend this scenario to the case in which the legalizing country is part of a federation and spillover effects between different states may occur. Several interesting aspects will be considered in this context, in particular, potential changes of the policy mix between internal and external enforcement on the one hand and legalization on the other hand when a federal setting is considered instead of a single country.

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Paper provided by University of Paderborn, CIE Center for International Economics in its series Working Papers CIE with number 6.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2007
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Handle: RePEc:pdn:ciepap:6

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Keywords: illegal migration; immigration policy; regularization; amnesties; enforcement; interregional transfers; European Union;

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Cited by:
  1. Gemma Larramona, 2011. "Determinants of return migration in Spain in its new role as a receiving country," ERSA conference papers ersa11p1082, European Regional Science Association.
  2. Mayr, Karin & Minter, Steffen & Krieger, Tim, 2012. "Policies on illegal immigration in a federation," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(1-2), pages 153-165.
  3. Francesco Magris & Giuseppe Russo, 2012. "Fiscal Revenues and Commitment in Immigration Amnesties," CSEF Working Papers 315, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
  4. Claus-Jochen Haake & Tim Krieger & Steffen Minter, 2010. "On the institutional design of burden sharing when financing external border enforcement in the EU," Working Papers CIE 25, University of Paderborn, CIE Center for International Economics.

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