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Policies on illegal immigration in a federation

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  • Karin Mayr

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  • Steffen Minter

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  • Tim Krieger

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Illegal immigration is a major policy challenge in Europe, in particular in countries on the external border of the EU such as Italy or Spain. However, there are likely to be important e ects on the rest of the EU, too, depending on the policies against illegal immigration in border countries. This paper determines optimal enforcement and amnesty policies on illegal immigration in a federation with border and non-border countries. We show that in the Nash equilibrium with positive enforcement spending in both countries, total enforcement spending is too low to maximize joint welfare. We nd that in this case a side payment can be necessary to achieve the cooperative optimum, depending on the relative size of populations in the two countries.

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Paper provided by University of Vienna, Department of Economics in its series Vienna Economics Papers with number 0909.

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Handle: RePEc:vie:viennp:0909

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Cited by:
  1. Giuseppe Russo & Luigi Senatore, 2012. "Who Contributes? A Strategic Approach to a European Immigration Policy," CSEF Working Papers 306, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
  2. 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.
  3. Karin Mayr & Alexander Kemnitz, 2012. "Return Migration and Illegal Immigration Control," Vienna Economics Papers 1208, University of Vienna, Department of Economics.

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