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Self-selection of Asylum Seekers: Evidence From Germany

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  • Lucas Guichard

    (Institute for Employment Research
    CERDI, CNRS, Université Clermont Auvergne)

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I examine the pattern of selection on education of asylum seekers recently arrived in Germany from five key source countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Iraq, Serbia, and Syria. The analysis relies on original individual-level data collected in Germany combined with surveys conducted at origin. The results reveal a positive pattern of selection on education for asylum seekers who were able to flee Iraq and Syria, and the selection is neutral for individuals seeking asylum from Afghanistan and negative for asylum seekers from Albania and Serbia. I provide an interpretation of these patterns based on differences in the expected length of stay at destination, the migration costs faced by asylum seekers to reach Germany, and the size of migration networks at destination.

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  • Lucas Guichard, 2020. "Self-selection of Asylum Seekers: Evidence From Germany," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 57(3), pages 1089-1116, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:demogr:v:57:y:2020:i:3:d:10.1007_s13524-020-00873-9
    DOI: 10.1007/s13524-020-00873-9
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