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Ethnic Fragmentation, Conflict, Displaced Persons and Human Trafficking: An Empirical Analysis

Randall Akee (), Arnab Basu, Nancy Chau and Melanie Khamis ()

No 5142, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Ethnic conflicts and their links to international human trafficking have recently received a surge in international attention. It appears that ethnic conflicts exacerbate the internal displacement of individuals from networks of family and community, and their access to economic and social safety nets. These same individuals are then vulnerable to being trafficked by the hopes of better economic prospects elsewhere. In this paper, we empirically examine this link between ethnic fragmentation, conflicts, internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees and international trafficking, making use of a novel dataset of international trafficking. We conduct a direct estimation, which highlights the ultimate impact of ethnic fragmentation and conflict on international trafficking through internal and international displacements.

Keywords: conflict; ethnic fragmentation; human trafficking; displaced persons (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D74 O11 R23 Z12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25 pages
Date: 2010-08
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Published - published in: Gil S. Epstein and Ira N. Gang (eds.), Migration and Culture, Frontiers of Economics and Globalization, Vol. 8, Emerald Publishing: 2010

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