Immigration Policies and the Choice between Documented and Undocumented Migration

28 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2018

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Slobodan Djajić

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Alexandra Vinogradova

ETH Zürich

Date Written: January 2019

Abstract

What determines whether a temporary migrant chooses to go abroad as a documented worker or as an illegal alien? We address the question from a theoretical perspective by focusing on how immigration policies, aimed at both documented and undocumented foreign workers, influence the choice between the two modes of migration. Calibrating our model to the specific case of temporary emigration from Thailand, we provide estimates of the relative policy effectiveness. The deportation rate facing undocumented aliens is shown to be the most potent instrument, while some of the measures directed at documented contract workers are found to be more effective in influencing the choice of emigration mode than border controls and employer sanctions aimed at illegal immigrants.

Suggested Citation

Djajić, Slobodan and Vinogradova, Alexandra, Immigration Policies and the Choice between Documented and Undocumented Migration (January 2019). Economica, Vol. 86, Issue 341, pp. 201-228, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3304104 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12255

Slobodan Djajić (Contact Author)

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) ( email )

PO Box 136
Geneva, CH-1211
Switzerland

Alexandra Vinogradova

ETH Zürich ( email )

Zürichbergstrasse 18
8092 Zurich, CH-1015
Switzerland

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