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Can refugees improve native children’s health?: Evidence from Turkey

Cansu Oymak and Jean-François Maystadt
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Cansu Oymak: Lancaster University, Economics Department, United Kingdom

No 2023017, LIDAM Discussion Papers IRES from Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES)

Abstract: Following the most dramatic migration episode of the 21st century, Turkey hosted the largest number of Syrian refugees in the world. This paper assesses the impact of the arrival of Syrian refugees on the Turkish children’s health, with a focus on height – a standard nutritional outcome. Accounting for the endogenous choice of immigrant location, our results show that Turkish children residing in provinces with a large share of refugees exhibit a significant improvement in their height as compared to those living in provinces with less refugees. Against other potential channels, a refugee-induced increase in maternal unemployment and the associated increase in maternal care seem to explain the observed positive effect on children’s health.

Keywords: refugees; child health; anthropometric measures; labor market outcomes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I15 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2023-09-12
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