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Policies on illegal immigration in a federation

Karin Mayr-Dorn (), Steffen Minter () and Tim Krieger
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Steffen Minter: University of Paderborn

No 23, Working Papers CIE from Paderborn University, CIE Center for International Economics

Abstract: Illegal immigration is a major policy challenge in Europe, in particular in countries on the external border of the EU such as Italy or Spain. However, there are likely to be important effects on the rest of the EU, too, depending on the policies against illegal immigration in border countries. This paper determines optimal enforcement and amnesty policies on illegal immigration in a federation with border and non-border countries. We show that in the Nash equilibrium with positive enforcement spending in both countries, total enforcement spending is too low to maximize joint welfare. In this case, we find that a side payment can be necessary to achieve the cooperative optimum, depending on the relative size of populations in the two countries.

Keywords: illegal immigration; enforcement; amnesty; EU cooperation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J61 J68 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2009-04
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