On the Distribution of Refugees

Intereconomics, Vol. 51, 2016

Posted: 20 Jul 2017

See all articles by Martin Altemeyer-Bartscher

Martin Altemeyer-Bartscher

Chemnitz University of Technology (CUT)

Oliver Holtemöller

Halle Institute for Economic Research; Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Axel Lindner

Halle Institute for Economic Research

Andreas Schmalzbauer

Independent

Götz Zeddies

Halle Institute for Economic Research

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

The current situation regarding the migration of refugees can only be handled efficiently through closer international cooperation in the field of asylum policy. From an economic point of view, it would be reasonable to distribute incoming refugees among all EU countries according to a distribution key that reflects differences in the costs of integration in the individual countries. An efficient distribution would even out the marginal costs of integrating refugees. In order to reach a political agreement, the key for distributing refugees should be complemented by compensation payments that distribute the costs of integration among countries. The key for distributing refugees presented by the EU Commission takes account of appropriate factors in principle, but it is unclear in terms of detail. The compensation payments for countries that should take relatively high numbers of refugees for cost efficiency reasons should be financed by reallocating resources within the EU budget.

Suggested Citation

Altemeyer-Bartscher, Martin and Holtemöller, Oliver and Lindner, Axel and Schmalzbauer, Andreas and Zeddies, Götz, On the Distribution of Refugees (2016). Intereconomics, Vol. 51, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3004420

Martin Altemeyer-Bartscher

Chemnitz University of Technology (CUT) ( email )

Chemnitz
Germany

Oliver Holtemöller (Contact Author)

Halle Institute for Economic Research ( email )

P.O. Box 11 03 61
Kleine Maerkerstrasse 8
D-06017 Halle, 06108
Germany

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg ( email )

Halle-Wittenberg, Sachsen-Anhalt
Germany

Axel Lindner

Halle Institute for Economic Research ( email )

P.O. Box 11 03 61
Kleine Maerkerstrasse 8
D-06017 Halle, 06108
Germany

Andreas Schmalzbauer

Independent ( email )

Götz Zeddies

Halle Institute for Economic Research ( email )

P.O. Box 11 03 61
Kleine Maerkerstrasse 8
D-06017 Halle, 06108
Germany

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