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Refugees’ Self-selection into Europe: Who Migrates Where?

Cevat Giray Aksoy () and Panu Poutvaara ()

No 289, ifo Working Paper Series from ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich

Abstract: About 1.4 million refugees and irregular migrants arrived in Europe in 2015 and 2016. We model how refugees and irregular migrants are self-selected. Using unique datasets from the International Organization for Migration and Gallup World Polls, we provide the first large-scale evidence on reasons to emigrate, and the self-selection and sorting of refugees and irregular migrants for multiple origin and destination countries. Refugees and female irregular migrants are positively self-selected with respect to education, while male irregular migrants are not. We also analyze how border controls affect destination country choice.

Keywords: Refugees; self-selection; human capital; predicted income (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J24 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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