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On the economics and politics of refugee migration

Christian Dustmann, Francesco Fasani, Tommaso Frattini, Luigi Minale () and Uta Schönberg
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Uta Schoenberg

Economic Policy, 2017, vol. 32, issue 91, 497-550

Abstract: SUMMARYThis paper provides a comprehensive analysis of refugee migration, with emphasis on the current refugee crisis. After first reviewing the institutional framework laid out by the Geneva Convention for Refugees, we demonstrate that, despite numerous attempts at developing a common European asylum policy, EU countries continue to differ widely in interpretation and implementation. We then describe key features of the current refugee crisis and document the overall magnitudes and types of refugee movements, illegal border crossings and asylum applications to EU Member States. We next study the labour market integration of past refugee migrants to EU countries and draw conclusions for the current situation. Finally, we turn to the economics of refugee migrations, contrasting economic and refugee migrants, discussing the trade-offs between long-term asylum and temporary protection and highlighting the benefits of well-coordinated national asylum policies. We conclude with several policy recommendations.

Keywords: asylum policy; asylum seekers; refugee crisis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J15 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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