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U.S. Immigration Reform and the Dynamics of Mexican Migration

Khulan Altangerel () and Jan van Ours ()
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Khulan Altangerel: Tilburg University

No 10771, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: The 1986 US Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) was directed at tackling the problem of growing unauthorized migration through legalization of unauthorized immigrants, increasing border security and sanctioning employers who hired unauthorized immigrants. Our paper investigates how the IRCA affected the migration dynamics of Mexican immigrants focusing on their age of onset of migration and the duration of their first trip. We find that the IRCA had a positive effect in reducing unauthorized migration to the US. Although primarily aiming at unauthorized immigration, the IRCA had substantial effects on legal migration through its legalization program.

Keywords: immigration policy; migrant behavior (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 J68 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-05
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Published in: De Economist, 2017, 165 (4), 463-485.

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