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Determinants of Internal and External Immigration to the Canary Islands


  • Anastasia Hernández Alemán
  • Carmelo J. León


Hernández Alemán A. and León C. J. Determinants of internal and external immigration to the Canary Islands, Regional Studies . This paper analyses the determinants of internal and external immigration to the Canary Islands, within the impacts of the regulatory changes in Spain's immigration policy. It utilizes a structural equations system approach for both internal and external immigration. The results show that immigration policies have had a positive impact on immigration flows, and that major economic variables have played a more relevant role than the pleasant climate. However, external immigration has been more affected by the pleasant weather than internal immigration. The positive impact of previous immigration raises doubts about the potential efficiency of the family reunion policy. Hernández Alemán A. et León C. J. Les déterminants de l'immigration intérieure et extérieure aux Canaries, Regional Studies . Cet article cherche à analyser les déterminants de l'immigration intérieure et extérieure aux Canaries dans le cadre des retombées des modifications aux dispositions réglementaires à la politique de l'immigration en Espagne. On emploie une façon basée sur un système d'équations structurelles à la fois pour l'immigration intérieure et extérieure. Les résultats laissent voir que les politiques de l'immigration ont eu un effet positif sur les flux d'immigrés, et que les principales variables économiques ont joué un rôle plus pertinent que le climat agréable. Cependant, l'immigration extérieure a été plus touchée par le climat agréable que par l'immigration intérieure. L'effet positif de l'immigration antérieure soulève certaines questions quant à l'efficacité éventuelle de la politique de réunion familiale. Déterminants de l'immigration Canaries Système d'équations Politique de l'immigration Immigration intérieure et extérieure Hernández Alemán A. und León C. J. Determinanten der internen und externen Immigration zu den Kanarischen Inseln, Regional Studies . In diesem Beitrag analysieren wir die Determinanten der internen und externen Immigration zu den Kanarischen Inseln innerhalb der Auswirkungen der Gesetzesänderungen der Einwanderungspolitik Spaniens. Sowohl die interne als auch die externe Immigration werden mit Hilfe eines strukturellen Gleichungssystems untersucht. Aus den Ergebnissen geht hervor, dass sich die Einwanderungspolitiken positiv auf die Einwanderungsströme ausgewirkt haben und dass die wirtschaftlichen Hauptvariablen eine wichtigere Rolle gespielt haben als das angenehme Klima. Allerdings wurde die externe Immigration stärker durch das angenehme Klima beeinflusst als die interne Immigration. Die positive Auswirkung der früheren Immigration lässt Zweifel an der potenziellen Wirksamkeit der Politik zur Familienzusammenführung aufkommen. Determinanten der Immigration Kanarische Inseln Gleichungssystem Immigrationspolitik Interne und externe Immigration Hernández Alemán A. y León C. J. Determinantes de la inmigración interior y exterior en las Islas Canarias, Regional Studies . Este artículo analiza los determinantes de la inmigración exterior e interior en Canarias, y los impactos de las políticas de inmigración. Se utiliza un sistema de ecuaciones estructurales para la inmigración interior y exterior. Los resultados muestran que las políticas de inmigración han tenido un impacto positivo en los flujos inmigratorios, y que las variables económicas han desempeñado un papel más relevante que el clima. Sin embargo, la inmigración exterior ha sido más afectada por el clima que la interior. Los impactos positivos de la inmigración corriente en los flujos cuestionan la eficacia de las políticas de reunión familiar. Determinantes de la inmigración Islas Canarias Sistema de ecuaciones Política de inmigración Inmigración exterior e interior

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  • Anastasia Hernández Alemán & Carmelo J. León, 2012. "Determinants of Internal and External Immigration to the Canary Islands," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(3), pages 391-403, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:46:y:2012:i:3:p:391-403 DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2010.505912

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