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Interstate Mobility Patterns of Likely Unauthorized Immigrants: Evidence from Arizona

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  • Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina

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    (San Diego State University)

  • Lozano, Fernando A.

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    (Pomona College)

A growing literature has documented the displacement effects of tougher interior immigration enforcement measures; yet, we still lack an understanding of where the displaced populations are choosing to relocate. In this paper, we address this question using Arizona as a case study. Specifically, we examine the destinations of Mexican non-citizens leaving Arizona for other states in the union following the adoption of tougher enforcement measures using two different groups of control states: one consisting of all states that had not adopted similar measures, and another one derived using the synthetic control method. We find that Mexican non-citizens who migrated from Arizona to other U.S. states went, primarily, to New Mexico and California. Other destination states differed with the control group being used, underscoring the sensitivity of this type of analysis to the choice of control group. Furthermore, the trajectories of Mexican non-citizens leaving Arizona overlapped with those of non-Hispanic natives, hinting on the role that socioeconomic and political factors, in addition to potential complementarities between immigrants and natives, might have played in explaining the destinations of Mexican non-citizens leaving Arizona after 2007.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2017
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp10685
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  1. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes & Cynthia Bansak, 2014. "Employment Verification Mandates And The Labor Market Outcomes Of Likely Unauthorized And Native Workers," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 32(3), pages 671-680, 07.
  2. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes & Susan Pozo, 2014. "On the Intended and Unintended Consequences of Enhanced U.S. Border and Interior Immigration Enforcement: Evidence From Mexican Deportees," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 51(6), pages 2255-2279, December.
  3. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes & Cynthia Bansak & Allan A. Zebedee, 2015. "The impact of mandated employment verification systems on state-level employment by foreign affiliates," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 81(4), pages 928-946, April.
  4. Sarah Bohn & Magnus Lofstrom & Steven Raphael, 2015. "Do E-verify mandates improve labor market outcomes of low-skilled native and legal immigrant workers?," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 81(4), pages 960-979, April.
  5. Michael Rendall & Peter Brownell & Sarah Kups, 2011. "Declining Return Migration From the United States to Mexico in the Late-2000s Recession: A Research Note," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 48(3), pages 1049-1058, August.
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  7. Watson, Tara, 2013. "Enforcement and immigrant location choice," Working Papers 13-10, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
  8. Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina & Pozo, Susan, 2014. "On the Intended and Unintended Consequences of Enhanced Border and Interior Immigration Enforcement: Evidence from Deportees," IZA Discussion Papers 8458, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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