Interstate Mobility Patterns of Likely Unauthorized Immigrants: Evidence from Arizona

24 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2017

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Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

San Diego State University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Fernando A. Lozano

Pomona College; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

A growing literature has documented the displacement effects of tougher interior immigration enforcement measures; yet, we still lack an understanding of where the displaced populations are choosing to relocate. In this paper, we address this question using Arizona as a case study. Specifically, we examine the destinations of Mexican non-citizens leaving Arizona for other states in the union following the adoption of tougher enforcement measures using two different groups of control states: one consisting of all states that had not adopted similar measures, and another one derived using the synthetic control method.We find that Mexican non-citizens who migrated from Arizona to other U.S. states went, primarily, to New Mexico and California. Other destination states differed with the control group being used, underscoring the sensitivity of this type of analysis to the choice of control group. Furthermore, the trajectories of Mexican non-citizens leaving Arizona overlapped with those of non-Hispanic natives, hinting on the role that socioeconomic and political factors, in addition to potential complementarities between immigrants and natives, might have played in explaining the destinations of Mexican non-citizens leaving Arizona after 2007.

Keywords: unauthorized immigrants, geographic mobility, interior enforcement, Arizona

JEL Classification: J61, K37

Suggested Citation

Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina and Lozano, Fernando A., Interstate Mobility Patterns of Likely Unauthorized Immigrants: Evidence from Arizona. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10685. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2949121

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes (Contact Author)

San Diego State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Fernando A. Lozano

Pomona College ( email )

Claremont, CA 91711
United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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