Determinants of International Migration: Empirical Evidence for Migration from Developing Countries to Germany

CEPR Discussion Paper Series Number 1920

Posted: 18 Oct 1998

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Ralph Rotte

RWTH Aachen University - Institute for Political Science; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Michael Vogler

University of Munich

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Date Written: July 1998

Abstract

By means of a descriptive survey of theoretical literature we first work out the potential determinants that may drive international migration from developing to developed countries. In addition, we look at the relationship between trade, development and migration. Empirical studies focusing on international migration from Less Developed Countries (LDCs) are, so far, very scarce. In this paper, we utilize a new dataset that is based on migration to Germany from 86 African and Asian countries. Information is available on overall moves (1981-95) and asylum migration (1984-95). The estimation results confirm the importance of the economic differential between countries for migration; the existence of an inverse u-shaped relationship between development and migration; the importance of the political situation in the sending countries; and the significance of network effects.

JEL Classification: F22, O15, O19

Suggested Citation

Rotte, Ralph and Vogler, Michael, Determinants of International Migration: Empirical Evidence for Migration from Developing Countries to Germany (July 1998). CEPR Discussion Paper Series Number 1920, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=136949

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