International Cooperation on Migration: Theory and Practice

26 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2012

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Alan Sykes

Stanford University - Law School

Date Written: September 25, 2012


In stark contrast to areas such as trade and investment, international cooperation on migration is scant. The lack of cooperation is puzzling given the important international externalities associated with national immigration policies. This paper identifies the relevant externalities, and suggests why cooperation is nevertheless difficult to achieve. It also offers an explanation for the one form of cooperation that we do observe with some regularity, namely, international agreements permitting the temporary movement of certain classes of workers.

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Sykes, Alan, International Cooperation on Migration: Theory and Practice (September 25, 2012). University of Chicago Law Review, Forthcoming, NYU Law and Economics Research Paper No. 12-32, Available at SSRN:

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