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Does granting citizenship to immigrant children affect family outmigration?

Christoph Sajons ()

Journal of Population Economics, 2016, vol. 29, issue 2, No 3, 395-420

Abstract: Abstract This study examines the effect of birthright citizenship on the outmigration behavior of migrant families in Germany. Using the introduction of birthright citizenship on 1 January 2000 and cohort-level data from the German Microcensus from 2001 to 2006, I exploit the differential treatment of birth cohorts around the enactment date to conduct a regression discontinuity analysis. Comparing the outmigration behavior of foreign-citizen families with children born in Germany directly before and after the cutoff, I find evidence that granting citizenship to immigrant children reduces the likelihood that their parents leave the country again.

Keywords: Birthright citizenship; Integration; Outmigration; Germany (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J15 K37 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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