Syrian Refugees and the Migration Dynamics of Jordanians: Moving in or Moving out?
Jackline Wahba and
Nelly Elmallakh ()
No 2120, RF Berlin - CReAM Discussion Paper Series from Rockwool Foundation Berlin (RF Berlin) - Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM)
This paper examines the impact of massive refugee inflows on the internal mobility of the hostâ€™s country population. We rely on panel data from before and after the Syrian war and exploit the geographical distribution of Syrians across Jordanian subdistricts. Using Difference-in-Differences, we find that the Syrian inflows increased Jordanian residential mobility. In particular, native outflows of the camp hosting areas increased by 27%. The increased residential mobility out of the camp areas seems to be triggered by an increase in rents and a crowding out of Jordanian students by Syrians in schools. Our results also show that the Syrian presence increased Jordaniansâ€™ job location mobility into the camp areas. These findings are robust to controlling for refugeesâ€™ locational sorting using instrumental variables, while auxiliary placebo regressions confirm that pre-existing trends in outcomes are not driving the results. We also provide a thorough discussion on the impact of refugees versus broader impacts of the Syrian war.
Keywords: internal migration; job mobility; forced displacement; refugees; Jordan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J61 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: Syrian Refugees and the Migration Dynamics of Jordanians: Moving In or Moving Out? (2023)
Working Paper: Syrian Refugees and the Migration Dynamics of Jordanians: Moving in or moving out? (2018)
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