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Poor Marks for Germany's Isolationist Policy


  • Ulf Rinne
  • Klaus F. Zimmermann


The free movement of workers within the European Union does not place a burden on labor markets or social services. This is the conclusion of a recent study on the development and effects of east-to-west migration in the wake of EU enlargement in 2004 and 2007. In this light, Germany's restrictive immigration policy received poor marks. Recent measures-such as Germany's labor migration regulation law, which is intended to ease the immigration of highly qualified foreigners-are certainly steps in the right direction. However, they still do too little to enable Germany to exploit the opportunities offered by immigration.

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  • Ulf Rinne & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2009. "Poor Marks for Germany's Isolationist Policy," Weekly Report, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 5(30), pages 209-215.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwrp:wr5-30

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    EU enlargement; International migration;

    JEL classification:

    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity


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