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Factors Influencing the State-Level Settlement Pattern of the Undocumented Immigrant Population in the United States

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  • Cebula, Richard
  • Duquette, Christopher
  • Mixon, Franklin

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This study empirically attempts to identify key factors determining the settlement patterns of undocumented immigrants within the United States. The estimations imply that undocumented immigrants appear to settle in states that border the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, or the Gulf of Mexico, and states where median family income is higher, average January temperatures are higher, the percent of the state population that is Hispanic is higher, and where economic freedom is higher. On the other hand, undocumented immigrants are less likely to settle in states with a higher cost of living.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 49442.

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Date of creation: 02 Feb 2013
Date of revision: 01 Apr 2013
Publication status: Published in Atlantic Economic Journal 3.41(2013): pp. 3-13
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:49442

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Keywords: undocumented immigrants; state-level settlement patterns; economic factors; non-economic factors;

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  1. Cebula, Richard & Nair-Reichert, Usha, 2014. "Access to Higher Public Education and Locational Choices of Undocumented Migrants," MPRA Paper 57277, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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