Tag Archives: migration

How deporting all undocumented workers would hurt the U.S. economy

Immigration issues are at the top of many western countries’ political agendas. The EU is still processing all of the ramifications of the refugee crisis. Illegal immigration was also a central theme during the U.S. presidential race. Donald Trump’s promise … Continue reading

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Immigrants’ enclaves – stepping stones or stumbling blocks for integration?

Immigrants typically do not settle evenly across the countries in which they move. Rather, they tend to cluster in particular neighborhoods. In public discourse these ethnic enclaves are often seen as an inhibitor to societal and labor market integration. Statistics … Continue reading

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Backlash against Muslim immigrants after terrorist attacks harms integration and the economy

The recent rise in the number and intensity of fundamentalist Islamic terrorist attacks occurring in several Western cities could, as it has in previous situations, inflame an aggressive socio-political atmosphere against Muslims. How does this affect the integration of Muslim … Continue reading

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On the costs and benefits of international labor mobility: Interview with George Borjas

The drastic and unexpected increase in the number of people seeking asylum in Germany in 2015 has overshadowed the long ongoing discussion about amending the German immigration law. The current refugee situation has caused some to argue that such a … Continue reading

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Against xenophobia and national barriers – in light of the refugee crisis in Europe

European leaders have failed to devise any short-term solutions to address the underlying drivers forcing refugees to flee Africa and the Middle East, pushing some policy makers and sections of the public to press for closing borders and raising fences … Continue reading

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Countries benefit from legalizing undocumented immigrants

A new article published on IZA World of Labor finds that legalizing illegal immigrants can boost tax revenues, prevent worker exploitation, reduce crime, and support national security. Millions of migrants cross borders without authorization each year. The global stock of … Continue reading

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New textbook on the economics of immigration

The Economics of Immigration, by IZA Research Fellows Cynthia Bansak (St. Lawrence University), Nicole B. Simpson (Colgate University) and Madeline Zavodny (Agnes Scott College), was just published by Routledge. Since this topic is high on the IZA agenda, we wanted … Continue reading

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