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Do potential migrants internalise migrant rights in OECD host societies?

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  • BEINE Michel
  • MACHADO Joël
  • RUYSSEN Ilse

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This paper analyses how countries' provision of migrant rights affects potential migrants' destination choice. Combining data on bilateral migration desires from over 140 origin countries and data on migrant rights in 38 destination countries over the period 2007-2014, we find that potential migrants tend to favor destinations that are more open to the inclusion of immigrants into their society. In particular, better access to and conditions on the labour market, as well as access to nationality and to permanent residency significantly increase the perceived attractiveness of a destination country. These results are robust across different specifications and hold for subsamples of origin countries as well as of destinations. Moreover, some results vary across types of respondents. Educational opportunities for migrants, for instance, affect the migration desires of individuals aged 15 to 24 years, but less so of individuals in other age groups.

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  • BEINE Michel & MACHADO Joël & RUYSSEN Ilse, 2019. "Do potential migrants internalise migrant rights in OECD host societies?," LISER Working Paper Series 2019-15, LISER.
  • Handle: RePEc:irs:cepswp:2019-15
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    Keywords

    Migration desires; Migrants' destination choice; Migrant rights; Quality of institutions; naturalization rights;
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    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • O57 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries
    • P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism

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