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Integration of immigrants in host countries - what we know and what works

Tommaso Frattini

No 427, Development Working Papers from Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano, University of Milano

Abstract: Integration of immigrants is at the forefront of policy concerns in many countries. This paper starts by documenting that in most European countries immigrants face significant labour market disadvantages relative to natives. Then it discusses how public policies may affect immigrants’ integration. First, we review the evidence on the effectiveness of language and introduction courses. Then, we discuss how different aspects of the migration policy framework may determine immigrants’ integration patterns. In particular, based on a review of the recent literature, we highlight the role of visa length and of predictability about migration duration in shaping migrants’ decisions on investments in country-specific human and social capital. Further, we discuss implications for refugee migration and also review the role of citizenship acquisition rules. The paper ends with an outlook of the consequences for sending countries.

Keywords: migration policy; citizenship; refugee migration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J15 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-lab and nep-mig
Date: 2017-04-10, Revised 2017-04-10
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