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

31 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 1999

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Michael Vogler

University of Munich

Ralph Rotte

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

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Date Written: June 1998

Abstract

By means of a descriptive survey of theoretical literature the paper first works out the potential determinants that may drive international migration from developing to developed countries. Furthermore, we look on the relationship between trade, development and migration. Empirical studies focusing on international migration from LDCs so far are very scarce. The paper utilizes a new dataset that is based on migration from 86 African and Asian countries to Germany. Information is available on overall moves (1981-1995) and asylum migration (1984-1995). 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, as well as the importance of the political situation in sending countries and of network effects.

JEL Classification: F22, O15, O19

Suggested Citation

Vogler, Michael and Rotte, Ralph, Determinants of International Migration: Empirical Evidence for Migration from Developing Countries to Germany (June 1998). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=166340

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