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From Rags to Riches? Immigration and Poverty in Spain

  • Rafael Muñoz de Bustillo
  • José-Ignacio Antón


This paper explores for the first time the relationship between immigration and poverty in Spain. Using the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions 2006, we find that both moderate and severe poverty are more acute among migrants than among nationals and social transfers play no substantial role in reducing poverty in the former case. In addition, using an econometric non-linear decomposition, we show the gap in deprivation incidence is fully explained by the different effects of household characteristics on poverty reduction for immigrants and locals.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Population Research and Policy Review.

Volume (Year): 30 (2011)
Issue (Month): 5 (October)
Pages: 661-676

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Handle: RePEc:kap:poprpr:v:30:y:2011:i:5:p:661-676
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