Migration Policy: When an Emergency Rule Becomes the Rule Evidence from Italy

21 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2013 Last revised: 20 Oct 2016

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Lucia Dalla Pellegrina

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS)

Margherita Saraceno

University of Pavia - Department of Law

Mattia Suardi

Paolo Baffi Center - Bocconi University; Institute of Advanced Study (IUSS - Pavia)

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Date Written: November 1, 2013

Abstract

Anecdotal evidence exists that migrants experience difficulties in complying with Italian immigration rules (i.e. permit of stay applications and renewals) because of an intricate and inconstant legal framework. As a consequence, migrants often need legal assistance in order to regularize their status. In 2011, in order to manage the exceptional flows of refugees escaping from countries involved in the Arab Spring and the Libyan civil war, the Italian Government released the North Africa Emergency Provisions (ENA) which temporarily relaxed immigration policies for some categories of migrants. By using data from an important charity in Milan (Casa della Carità) which provides legal assistance to migrants we perform diff-in-diffs estimations in order to investigate the impact of this emergency rule on the probability of legal status regularization. Results show that the emergency situation actually increased the number of successful applications in favor of immigrants who were entitled to the ENA provisions, while dramatically boosting the denial rate for all the other immigrants. This suggests that some migrants (those not benefiting from the ENA) suffered a sort of displacement due to the enactment of the emergency rules.

Suggested Citation

Dalla Pellegrina, Lucia and Saraceno, Margherita and Suardi, Mattia, Migration Policy: When an Emergency Rule Becomes the Rule Evidence from Italy (November 1, 2013). Baffi Center Research Paper No. 2013-144; Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2016-58; Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics Working Paper No. 2016-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2359301 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2359301

Lucia Dalla Pellegrina (Contact Author)

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS) ( email )

Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo, 1
Milan, 20126
Italy

Margherita Saraceno

University of Pavia - Department of Law ( email )

Pavia, I-27100

Mattia Suardi

Paolo Baffi Center - Bocconi University ( email )

Milano, 20136
Italy

Institute of Advanced Study (IUSS - Pavia) ( email )

Italy

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