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Human Smuggling

  • Friebel, Guido

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    (Goethe University Frankfurt)

  • Guriev, Sergei

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    (New Economic School, Moscow)

Despite its importance in global illegal migration, there is little, and mostly theoretical research on human smuggling. We suggest an analytical framework to understand the micro structure of the human smuggling market. Migrants interact with smuggling and financing intermediaries; these may or may not be integrated with each other, and with the migrants' employers. Policies of receiving countries (border controls, employer sanctions, deportation policies, sales of visa) affect the interactions in the smuggling market, and, hence, migration flows. We review the theoretical work, point to the scarce empirical evidence, and identify challenges for future theoretical, empirical work and policy advice.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6350.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2012
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Publication status: published in: A. F. Constant, K. F. Zimmermann (eds.), International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, Edward Elgar 2013, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, USA, pp. 121-133
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6350
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