Transit Migration: All Roads Lead to America

29 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2018

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Erhan Artuc

World Bank; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Caglar Ozden

World Bank

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Date Written: July 2018

Abstract

The paths of many migrants include multiple destinations and transit routes, yet this pattern is almost never reflected in empirical analyses. For example, 9% of recent immigrants to the US arrived from a transit country as opposed to the one they were born in. Among those arriving from many OECD countries, transit migration ratio exceeds 30%. To explain these patterns, we construct a dynamic model of global migration that allows transit migration opportunities to impact the attractiveness of locations. After estimating structural parameters of the model, we simulate various counterfactual scenarios to highlight the spillovers of transit migration paths.

Suggested Citation

Artuc, Erhan and Ozden, Caglar, Transit Migration: All Roads Lead to America (July 2018). The Economic Journal, Vol. 128, Issue 612, pp. F306-F334, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3208993 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12456

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