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Intra-EU Migration: Legal and Economic View on Jobseekers’ Welfare Rights

Jana Tepperová (), Jan Zouhar () and Florian Wilksch ()
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Jana Tepperová: University of Economics, Prague
Jan Zouhar: University of Economics, Prague
Florian Wilksch: Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Journal of International Migration and Integration, 2017, vol. 18, issue 3, No 14, 917-936

Abstract: Abstract International migration influences economies of both the home and the host country. Some countries perceive immigration as a threat and consider limitations to their social security system to protect the domestic economy. Within the European Union, both the economic and the legal side of the issue must be taken into account. The paper presents an empirical analysis of natives’ and immigrants’ unemployment rates in EU15 countries and discusses a possible use of the findings in intra-EU migration policy. Using Labour Force Survey Data for 2012, we estimate a series of logistic regressions in order to compare the immigrant/native unemployment rates, considering the differences in the structure of both subpopulations (in terms of age, sex, education and types of jobs). We conclude that a substantial part of the gap between natives’ and immigrants’ unemployment rates can be explained by these additional characteristics in most of the EU15 countries.

Keywords: Migration; Unemployment; Jobseekers; Welfare rights (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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