Reduction or Deflection? The Effect of Policy on Interconnected Asylum Flows

35 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2016

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Jan-Paul Brekke

Institute for Social Research, Norway

Marianne Roed

Institute for Social Research, Norway

Pål Schøne

Institute for Social Research, Norway

Date Written: March 22, 2016

Abstract

We study the effects of asylum policy on asylum flows. The policy changes are examined both with regard to their direct effect on the flows to the country that made the changes, and with regard to their impact on the inflows to other countries. Finally, we analyse the effect of policy on the total outflow from the sending countries. The findings clearly suggest that both a direct effect and a deflection effect are at work. The results also indicate that stricter asylum policies in the destination clusters reduce the total outflow of asylum seekers.

Keywords: International migration, Asylum policies, Asylum flows

JEL Classification: F22, J61, J68

Suggested Citation

Brekke, Jan-Paul and Roed, Marianne and Schøne, Pål, Reduction or Deflection? The Effect of Policy on Interconnected Asylum Flows (March 22, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2753100 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2753100

Jan-Paul Brekke

Institute for Social Research, Norway ( email )

Munthesgate 31
0260 Oslo
Norway

Marianne Roed

Institute for Social Research, Norway ( email )

Munthesgate 31
0260 Oslo
Norway

Pål Schøne (Contact Author)

Institute for Social Research, Norway ( email )

Munthesgate 31
0260 Oslo
Norway

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