Migration pressures and immigration policies : new evidence on the selection of migrants
AbstractThis paper aims to better understand emigration pressures in migrant sending countries by looking at the determinants of the propensity to migrate at the individual level. The analysis is based on survey data from Albania, Moldova, Egypt and Tunisia collected by the European Training Foundation (ETF) in 2006. Within this context the study focuses on: (i) the self-selection of migrants in terms of skills; and (ii) the impact of selective immigration policies on the migration process. The paper finds that migration pressures, or the intent to migrate, are not subject to any self-selection. However, immigration policies exert a strong out-selection that is likely part of the reasons why positive selection is found in many studies. Further, the study confirms that the European Union (EU) attracts comparatively lower skilled migrants than other destinations.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by The World Bank in its series Social Protection Discussion Papers with number 52449.
Date of creation: 01 Dec 2009
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Population Policies; Voluntary and Involuntary Resettlement; Human Migrations&Resettlements; International Migration; Gender and Development;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-10-16 (All new papers)
- NEP-ARA-2010-10-16 (MENA - Middle East & North Africa)
- NEP-EEC-2010-10-16 (European Economics)
- NEP-EUR-2010-10-16 (Microeconomic European Issues)
- NEP-MIG-2010-10-16 (Economics of Human Migration)
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