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Migration Policy: Lessons from Cooperatives

Margit Osterloh and Bruno Frey ()

No 6364, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

Abstract: We propose an immigration policy based on the model of cooperatives. Incoming migrants have to acquire a participation certificate. In exchange, the immigrants may enter the country of choice without danger. The revenue goes to the country of the recipient nation rather than to human smugglers. The cost would be much lower than today’s efforts to secure the borders. Asylum seekers get back the money paid for the certificate. Immigration is therewith regulated more efficiently than today. Not all entrance barriers and coercive measures to prevent illegal entry would disappear. However, the pressure of illegal migrants is strongly reduced.

Keywords: immigration; asylum; cooperatives; participation certificates; borders (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D71 F22 F66 J46 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-mig and nep-ure
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