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Should we stay or should we go? Irregular migration and duration of stay: the case of Moldovan migrants

Ariane Tichit () and Daniela Borodak ()
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Daniela Borodak: Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Développement International(CERDI)

No 200915, Working Papers from CERDI

Abstract: This paper analyses the link between irregular migration and duration of stay. Using household and regional development data from Moldova and running a duration model, we find that duration of migration is longer for illegal migrants than legal migrants. Further investigation demonstrates that this effect is driven by significantly higher migration costs. From a policy perspective, our findings on irregular migration are highly relevant since they question the outcome of restrictive migration policies. This paper, like an increasing number of migration literature papers converging on the same conclusions, contributes further arguments for redefining migration policy.

Keywords: International migration; Duration model; Irregular migration; Moldova (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C41 J61 K42 F22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lab, nep-mig and nep-tra
Date: 2009
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Working Paper: Should we stay or should we go? Irregular migration and duration of stay: The case of Moldovan migrants (2013)
Working Paper: Should we stay or should we go? Irregular migration and duration of stay: the case of Moldovan migrants (2012) Downloads
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