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Policies on illegal immigration in a federation

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  • Mayr, Karin
  • Minter, Steffen
  • Krieger, Tim

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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 effects 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 immigration in a two-country, two-instrument setting with international spill-overs from onward migration within a federation, taking into account the interactions between the two types of policies. Among other results we find that total enforcement spending is too low to maximize joint welfare in the federation.

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  • 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:regeco:v:42:y:2012:i:1:p:153-165
    DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2011.08.005
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    1. Alexander Kemnitz & Karin Mayr, 2012. "Return Migration and Illegal Immigration Control," Norface Discussion Paper Series 2012040, Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London.
    2. Claus-Jochen Haake & Tim Krieger & Steffen Minter, 2013. "On the institutional design of burden sharing when financing external border enforcement in the EU," International Economics and Economic Policy, Springer, vol. 10(4), pages 583-612, December.
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    Keywords

    Illegal immigration; Enforcement; Amnesty; EU cooperation;

    JEL classification:

    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business
    • H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
    • R5 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis

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