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FEATURES AND EXPECTATIONS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS: results of a field survey in Italy

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  • Maria Concetta Chiuri

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  • Giuseppe De Arcangelis
  • Angela Maria D’Uggento
  • Giovanni Ferri

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The Survey on illegal migration in Italy (SIMI henceforth) aims to analyse the phenomenon of clandestines migrating to or through Italy. SIMI contains information concerning the main demographic, economic and social characteristics of a sample of 920 clandestines crossing Italian borders and apprehended during 2003. Individual motivations to migrate, migrants’ intentions to return, their expectations about income at destination and their intended remittance rates are collected within SIMI and discussed in this paper. Evidence generally corroborates the predictions of the pertinent literature on development economics with respect to the decision to migrate. Apprehended illegal migrants expected to earn about 8-10 times their income at home, had they reached final destination. The median cost of the trip is more than a yearly average income. One of the conclusions of the survey is that future migratory flows may be massive, as the interviewees (typically in the mid-20s and with family and friends at home that are ready to join in the future) perceive themselves as frontrunners among nationals in their age cohort.

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Paper provided by CHILD - Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic economics - ITALY in its series CHILD Working Papers with number wp01_07.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2007
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Handle: RePEc:wpc:wplist:wp01_07

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Keywords: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS;

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  1. Nicola D. Coniglio & Giuseppe De Arcangelis & Laura Serlenga, 2006. "Intentions to Return of Irregular Migrants: Illegality as a Cause of Skill Waste," series 0011, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Metodi Matematici - Università di Bari, revised Feb 2006.
  2. Maria Concetta Chiuri & Giuseppe De Arcangelis & Giovanni Ferri, . "Crisis in the Country of Origin and Illegal Immigration Into Europe via Italy," Working Papers 77, Sapienza University of Rome, CIDEI.
  3. George J. Borjas, 1994. "The Economics of Immigration," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 32(4), pages 1667-1717, December.
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  1. 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.
  2. repec:pdn:wpaper:23 is not listed on IDEAS
  3. Mbaye, Linguère Mously, 2013. ""Barcelona or Die": Understanding Illegal Migration from Senegal," IZA Discussion Papers 7728, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  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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  6. Tim Krieger & Steffen Minter, 2007. "Immigration amnesties in the southern EU member states - a challenge for the entire EU?," Working Papers CIE 6, University of Paderborn, CIE Center for International Economics.
  7. Maria Concetta Chiuri & Giuseppe De Arcangelis & Angela Maria D'Uggento & Giovanni Ferri, 2004. "Illegal Immigration into Italy: Evidence from a field survey," CSEF Working Papers 121, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.

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