Do Regularization Programs for Illegal Immigrants Have a Magnet Effect? Evidence from Spain

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Gemma Larramona

University of Zaragoza

Marcos Sanso-Navarro

Universidad de Zaragoza

Date Written: March 2016

Abstract

This paper attempts to determine whether regularization programs of illegal immigrants have a magnet effect. Using a comparative case study approach, we analyze the most recent amnesty implemented in Spain. More specifically, we apply a synthetic control method that is suitable for the evaluation of policies at the country level. Our results suggest that the increasing trend followed by the foreign population in the period analyzed is not a consequence of the amnesty under scrutiny. Rather, it corresponds to the path for a counterfactual country with similar socioeconomic characteristics.

Suggested Citation

Larramona, Gemma and Sanso-Navarro, Marcos, Do Regularization Programs for Illegal Immigrants Have a Magnet Effect? Evidence from Spain (March 2016). The Manchester School, Vol. 84, Issue 2, pp. 296-311, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2737648 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/manc.12099

Gemma Larramona (Contact Author)

University of Zaragoza

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Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

Marcos Sanso-Navarro

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

Facultad de Economía y Empresa
Departamento de Análisis Económico
Zaragoza, 50005
Spain
+34 876 554 629 (Phone)

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