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Access to Higher Public Education and Locational Choices of Undocumented Migrants

Richard Cebula and Usha Nair-Reichert

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: Many states have experienced a large influx of undocumented migrants in recent years. This has created new demands on higher educational systems at the state level. Some states have passed legislation to restrict the access of undocumented migrants to higher public education whereas others provide access in various forms including in-state tuition. Our research examines a related issue that has not been researched much, namely, the impact of educational access on the location decisions of undocumented migrants in the US. Undocumented migrants appear to locate in states with high average median real per capita incomes. There is also evidence of clustering of undocumented migrants in states with large migrant networks. The effect of educational access on the percentage of undocumented workers in a state is mixed and small in most specifications, a finding perhaps indicative of a trade-off between competing priorities the choice of location.

Keywords: undocumented migration; illegal immigration; migrant clustering; higher public education access (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H26 J61 J62 J69 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-07-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-edu, nep-mig and nep-ure
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